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Ararat students learn in the vineyard

Ararat College  students Amelia Shill, Aria Lawson and Michael Purnell press grapes at Ararat College’s vineyard. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

Ararat College students Amelia Shill, Aria Lawson and Michael Purnell press grapes at Ararat College’s vineyard. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

By Lotte Reiter
Ararat College students are planting seeds for a career in the wine industry as part of a school farm project.
Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning, VCAL, students produced more than 200 bottles of Shiraz wine last year and had the opportunity to work with expert wine-maker Simon Clayfield.
Teacher Andrew Reynolds said the school’s established vineyard and wine-making equipment provided opportunities for children to learn about the flourishing industry and expand their employment opportunities.
“VCAL is designed to encourage children to get out and about with hands-on projects, so this was the perfect opportunity moving forward. It is getting a lot of the children engaged, they love it,” he said.
“We have been making connections with lots of the fantastic wine-makers in the area and have taken the students around to show them all the different ways to make wine and different varieties.
“We are trying to get the students to recognise it is a massive industry, there are lots of employment opportunities and it is something outside of hospitality or business and construction.
“Wine-making is a great business and with all the flow-on effects like tourism and event-management, hopefully we will see a few go into it.”
Mr Reynolds said last year’s student-produced Shiraz was picked from Westgate Vineyard in Armstrong, but students would use the school’s own grapes this year.
He said a new building at the school was also a welcomed facility to expand the college’s school farm project and student learning.
“Our vines were not ready to use last year, but I think a few of the old fellas who have come and had a look at our vines now were very impressed at how many grapes we had and the kind of yield we would be getting – I think we are looking at about 1000 litres,” he said.
“We acquired a new building from RAL homes.
“It will just be a classroom to start with. We won’t worry about a cellar door or anything like that just yet, but hopefully it is something we could do down the track.”

Farm manager Anne Henry, teacher Kriss Ellis and VCAL co-ordinator Andy Reynolds with a display home in set to be part of a school farm project at Ararat College wine farm.

Farm manager Anne Henry, teacher Kriss Ellis and VCAL co-ordinator Andy Reynolds with a display home in set to be part of a school farm project at Ararat College wine farm.


VCAL student Caleb Robinson at Ararat College wine farm.

VCAL student Caleb Robinson at Ararat College wine farm.

HANDS ON: Top, Ararat College VCAL student Sam Skubnik holds a bunch of grapes used for wine-making.

HANDS ON: Top, Ararat College VCAL student Sam Skubnik holds a bunch of grapes used for wine-making.

Farm manager Anne Henry, teacher Kriss Ellis and VCAL co-ordinator Andy Reynolds with a display home in set to be part of a school farm project at Ararat College wine farm.

Farm manager Anne Henry, teacher Kriss Ellis and VCAL co-ordinator Andy Reynolds with a display home in set to be part of a school farm project at Ararat College wine farm.

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Posted on Apr 10 2019

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