WINNERS: Mia Turrell, Dana Kennedy, Brooke Ball, Katie Sloan, Sara Wilson and Zoe Krause from Dalby State High School won awards for their agricultural knowledge at the Ekka.
WINNERS: Mia Turrell, Dana Kennedy, Brooke Ball, Katie Sloan, Sara Wilson and Zoe Krause from Dalby State High School won awards for their agricultural knowledge at the Ekka. Contributed

Hard work reaps rewards for our students at Ekka

DEDICATED students have realised the result of a little hard work with big wins at the Brisbane Ekka, learning first hand the truth of a message they set out to share: 'from little things, big things grow'.

Six students from Dalby State High School attended the Queensland Royal, representing the school in the young agriculture sections at the show.

The Youth in Agriculture exhibit received third prize overall for their creation, also taking out prizes for best backdrop, most effective movement and also first place in grains sorting.

Their exhibit incorporated grains, fresh produce and wool from the area to create a farming landscape, with a moving train and three wind turbines for added effect.

Subject area co-ordinator for agriculture Steph Banditt said the students had spent a term and a half planning their exhibit to suit this year's theme 'from little things big things grow'.

"Last term we met and put together a sketch plan with what we wanted to achieve. From there we grained all the backboard, we cut out all the wind turbine blades and we ordered our train, built the train and planned our floor,” Miss Banditt said.

"This year we were highlighting the agricultural curriculum here at Dalby State High School. From little things, like going to school and learning about agriculture, they go on to bigger and better things like farming, university or whatever it may be.”

Students also participated in junior judging for fruit and vegetables in the grains section, claiming individual prizes for their knowledge.

Sara Wilson took out first place, Zoe Krause came in third and Katie Sloan was awarded highly commended.

"Over time we have been graining our backboards we have been learning about different grains and what makes a good grain and what makes a not-so-good grain and also learning how to publicly speak,” MissBanditt said.

The school also received high accolades in the lamb carcass competition, taking out first place in the restaurant trade pen of three prime lamb and overall grand champion pen of three prime lamb.

Miss Banditt said it was good to see the students' hard work pay off.

"I'm very proud of what we achieved,” she said.


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