The 2021 Royal Adelaide Show may have been cancelled, but students and staff at Urrbrae Agricultural High School didn’t let that rain on their parade.
Normally at the reins of the Learning Centre at the Royal Adelaide Show, Urrbrae were still eager to give their prized livestock and students their moment in the spotlight. Around 500 Urrbrae students are usually involved in the Royal Adelaide Show, utilising their agricultural learning from throughout the year.
Herding the pack was Urrbrae’s Agricultural Science and Biology teacher Larissa Tallent, who said it was “extremely important” for the students to still participate and showcase their knowledge. ‘Urrbrae On Show’ turned out to be a “fantastic back-up plan”, one that had the whole the school buzzing with excitement, Larissa said.
‘Urrbrae On Show’ offered two jam-packed days full of activities highlighting the school’s unique offerings and focus.
Staff and students hosted animal judging, the famous animal nursery, a ‘spectacular science show’, sheep shearing, sheep-dog trials, horse-riding demonstrations, bee keeping demonstrations and honey tastings, native animal sanctuary tours, and a climbing wall and other PE activities among the grapevines.
Adding to the festivities, students played live music, there were tours for local primary schools, students cooked and sold wood oven pizzas, there was a ‘green brick road’ trail around the grounds, students did live mural paintings, and there was even a tractor ride delivering guests to the wetlands.
The Learning Centre has been part of the Royal Adelaide Show for more than 40 years, and Urrbrae’s adaptation of the event showcased the value and excitement of agricultural education.
Urrbrae On Show was open to the school community and special guests.