Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Education- Richmond Agricultural College

Excellence in Agricultural/STEM Education

Telephone 0400718234


Stage 5 Programs

Registration for our 2021 Programs NOW OPEN


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Our programs currently scheduled for 2021 include: 

  • Stage 5 : Digital Narratives - Transdiciplinary Industry Partnered Project
  • Stage 5/6 Industry Partnered Hackathon - Future of Australian Fibre
  • Stage 4-6 : Sydney Food Bowl Transdisciplinary industry partnerd Immersion events
  • Stages 4-6 Pearl and Oyster Industry Transdisciplinary programs
  • Stages 2-6 School identified thematic Hackathons/Project Based Ideation and Milstone Development days.
  • Stages 1-5 Sydney Food Bowl  AgSTEAM Challenges
  • Stages 4-5 Food Futures Hackathon



Due to Covid 19 some of our Stage 5 Programs are currently on hold. We can delivery in industry and school Immersion days. 


Please contact us if you have a particular request relating to Agriculture and STEM related programs for your school:

E: richmondagcollege-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

M: 0400718234



Hawkesbury Harvest Provenance Project

Hawkesbur Harvest logo

We are excited this week to formalise planning for our Secondary School Provenance Project in partnership with Hawkesbury Harvest/Harvest Markets and Trails. This will be an exciting opportunity for Stage 5 students from a variety of curriculum areas including English, Food Technology, MultiMedia, Commerce and Agriculture to work alongside farmers/producers to showcase the industry and the skills of young people. We are also excited to have agreement from AgriFutures Australia to utilise their wonderful resources in our project. 

Registration for Semester 1 closes in December 2020. 

Schools can register for mid semester intake by contacting the Centre. 

See details below.



School designed thematic Hackathon_Ideation Immersion Days

Hackathn information sheet

Take your student’s current learning to the next level.

Students will work through an intense day and prototyping using   Design Thinking principles.

Students will apply their theoretical and scientific knowledge to a   community focused inquiry question and begin imagining possible    solutions.

Give every student a voice

The process ensures every student has a voice through collective Imagineering.

Students develop their team work skills through structured negotiations, constructive feedback and prototyping.

Gain consensus on the direction of your group project.

The day allows for clear categorisation and testing ideas against known parameters allowing groups to gain consensus and a clear

project direction.

Develop student’s General Capabilities.

Creativity—Innovation-Communication –Collaboration—21st Century

Literacies– AgSTEM Knowledge —Social and Ethical Skills —

Leadership and Responsibility




Update on an exciting new program

Pearl website.

Making rainbows from the storm.. whilst we are missing students on the campus engaging with our programs, we are using our time to expedite some projects with our industry partners. One very exciting project we are currently finalising is our partnered learning programs with Broken Bay Pearls and Pearls of Australia. The project consists of interactive programs and excursion/fieldwork opportunities that we hope to be able to launch Semester 2. Our programs are transdisciplinary and will suit Stages 4-6 in TAS, Aquaculture, Sciences, Agriculture and Geography. Here is a sneak peak of our website currently under development to support our programs.



New transdiciplinary online resource on protected cropping currently in development.

google earth map

We are currently testing an online cross curricula unit of work focussed on protected cropping and look forward to sharing this with schools in the near future. The unit will cover ionformation aligned to Stages 5 and 6 agriculture, sciences, geography and technology based courses. 

The work is a fully integrated learning unit focussed on protected cropping and the role of scientific research in the future development of the horticultural industry in Australia. Each icon is a discrete learning component, fully resourced with embedded and linked videos, source materials and learning tasks.  Each icon contains an estimated completion time. Collectively they represent up to 20 hours of learning. 

A quick visual of the unit delivery mode is included here. 


Contact the Centre to discuss how you can connect with this unit



Junior Journalist Program

Junior journalist profile sheet

Junior Journalist Program (Ages 5-16 years)

We know across NSW thousands of young people  spend their daily lives growing up linked  to agriculture. This may be through life on farms  or maybe through links to family business including agri-tourism, supply chain and restaurants linked to local producers. They may also actively participate in agricultural shows. We want to provide these young people with a chance to share their experiences whilst providing learning opportunities for others. 

Our Junior Journalist Program provides such a platform. The program sees our junior journalists interview their family members about their agricultural businesses, why they chose a career in agriculture and the skills they require daily. Our young journalists also share an editorial about their life in agriculture and their knowledge about their aspect of the industry . Their interviews will form part of our My Life in Agriculture series and will be linked to our learning programs.


If you would like to nominate a future Junior Journalist please access further information on our Junior Journalist page.