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Bunya Campus: Creating Rural Futures

13/12/2018
​Bunya Campus; Creating Rural Futures
From the start of 2011 when Dalby State High School acquired management of the former Australian Agricultural College Corporation (AACC) site as a second campus, came the beginning of Bunya Campus’ existence. This transformation of Dalby SHS into a dual campus school with boarding students marks one of the most exciting times in the school’s history and is providing rural and remote students the opportunity to attend one of three State boarding facilities providing students with access to a quality education.

Through designing and implementing the State Showcase Award winning program, “Bunya Campus: Creating Rural Futures”, we have provided local students along with students from more rural and remote locations access to a quality education programme that  is focussed on delivering a QCE and other key learning outcomes, individually tailored to the students’ experiences, ambitions and talents. One of the key learnings that led to the success of the programme is that the instructional and relational constructs in this unique educational setting is integral to improving outcomes for rural and remote students. By putting ‘faces’ to our students and through the shift in pedagogical focus, Bunya Campus has been very successful in helping to ‘create rural futures’.

Our unique dual campus environment is the perfect backdrop allowing students to access our signature programmes of Agriculture and Trade, coupled with traditional academic learning and extension programmes and is attracting students from across the state and nation. Further to this, we are equipping students with the capabilities to succeed post-secondary education and this highlights our efforts in promoting the key agendas of the Department of Education.

 

Moving forward with this agenda and to ensure that we continue to provide programmes that meet the needs of students, the Dalby State High Agricultural team has introduced a Cert III in Agriculture and a Cert II in Rural Operations in 2019 to extend the programme and continue to work towards catering for the ‘rural futures’.

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