Investigator College won a national advertising competition, winning $1000 for the school. The funds will be spent on educational programs for the school.
Over 204 schools and 11,200 students participated in the Cows Create Careers program and Investigator College was the winning entry with a submission from Year 10 student Ebony McHugh..
Every year, Cows Create Careers, in partnership with MaxCare, invite schools across Australia to create an advertisement for the dairy industry.
The competition is part of an educational program to encourage the best and brightest students to pursue a career in the dairy industry.
Competing against 204 schools across Australia, Investigator College teacher Natalie Gilbert said the Cows Create Careers program provided a practical and insightful introduction to the dairy industry, demonstrating the different career opportunities available.
"We are over the moon with our win, Ebony one of our talented Year 10 students, put so much effort in her submission and the students were so engaged in the program," Natalie said.
Ebony lives on a dairy farm and has a passion for the industry.
"The Cows Create Careers program is so beneficial to our learning and gives students the opportunity to undertake the practical side of the dairy industry," Ebony said.
Investigator College principal John Robinson said he was proud of the program.
"Cows Create Careers adds something extra to our education program and it is very highly valued at Investigator College," Mr Robinson said.
Mt Jagged dairy farmer Steph Walker supplied the two calves to Investigator College during the three weeks and loved being involved.
"I have been doing this since the program started and every year I get a kick out of it. The program opens the eyes of students, as they realise the dairy industry is not just about milking cows," Steph said.
"I congratulate Ebony on taking out the national award."
Member for Finniss David Basham said Cows Create Careers connected school children to the dairy industry.
"It is so pleasing Ebony's application was successful and it says a lot about the program that is run at Investigator College," Mr Basham said.
Cows Create Career program manager Deanne Kennedy said the program involved dairy farmers each year bringing two calves into schools across Australia, giving students a hands-on approach into the dairy industry, by feeding and caring for the calves for three weeks.
"The program educates students on all the different career opportunity available to them in the dairy industry, from working directly with the cows to marketing and advertising. It's important to introduce this program into schools at a time when students are thinking about their future," Deanne said.
"We could not do the program without the support of MaxCare, who have been instrumental in providing feed stock for our in-school calves and financially supporting the program."
MaxCare business manager Tom Newton said it was proud to be part of this industry initiative.
"It looks like the students at Investigator College had lots of fun participating in the program, which shines through in their humorous advertisement," Tom Newton said.
The wining school was selected via a public voting system, receiving 44 per cent of the1400 votes received.
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