Camp Dookie 2015

October 15 / 168

Students at Dookie Camp 2015, in a field of canola.
Students at Dookie Camp 2015, in a field of canola.


Thirty-three secondary school students attended this year’s Camp Dookie – Experience our Environment, a three-day event at our Dookie Campus that immerses students in a university experience, while also exploring science and technology in agriculture.


Dookie campus director Ros Gall said the camp encourages students interested in primary production to engage with both global and local agricultural issues.


“The camp develops the link between what students are studying at secondary school, tertiary study options and the exciting career options that their study will provide,” Ms Gall said. 


With engaging and interactive presentations about both global and local agricultural issues, students had the opportunity to see, feel, touch and engage in a variety of activities on the Dookie Campus farm enterprise and science laboratories, as well as participating in an agricultural careers workshop.


The participating schools included Benalla P-12 College, Catholic College Wodonga, Wodonga Senior Secondary College, Wangaratta High School, Moama Anglican Grammar, Rochester Secondary College, St Mary of the Angels, Nathalia Wanganui Park Secondary College, and St Augustine’s College Kyabram.


Camp organiser Karen Edwards said by undertaking hands-on workshops and meeting like-minded students, the participants had an experience of “real world” agricultural science studies.


The Camp Dookie participants were mentored by current Diploma in General Studies (DiGS) students who study and live on campus or in the region, and who have aspirations to continue studies at the Parkville campus in Agriculture, Science or other disciplines.


“The mentors were a real asset to the camp,” Ms Edwards said, “providing positive role models who were able to discuss university studies in a more casual way with the secondary students, while helping guide them through the three days on campus. 


“Feedback from students was very positive, they loved the activities, they love meeting other students and they had a really enjoyable busy time.  We all went home exhausted!”

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