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Our School:

Ravenshoe State School P-12 Moore Street RAVENSHOE Qld 4888
Ms Lisa Ferguson and Mrs Jane Bennett Phone 07 4097 5333

Our School “Region”:

Ravenshoe lies on the south-western edge of the Atherton Tableland, in farming and rainforest country. Dairying, beef cattle, apiary and horticulture are viable industries in the area. Soil type is suited to the growing of most agricultural crops as well as fruit-producing native flora.

Our Product:

Individual Cheesecakes (with native and tropical fruit)

The Atherton Tableland has a long-time reputation as a dairying region with cheese manufacturing at Malanda’s Dairy Farmers Co-Operative and at the organic Mungalli Creek Dairy. There is a strong movement in Far North Queensland to develop the native food industry. Both the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries and the Australian Native Foods Industry are investigating the potential for native foods in this region

Our School Statement:

Ravenshoe State School P-12 is committed to empowering students to seek opportunities beyond school years with programs that expand their knowledge and expertise and inspire them to think laterally and strive accordingly. Our school includes a 39ha farm (Raschoda Farm) with a registered working dairy, small beef stud, poultry, orchard, vegetable garden and planted rainforest plot.

The selected food product has been discussed and researched between staff, students and community members who will/may be involved in the process up to and beyond the point of sale. Consideration has been given to the suitability and worth of the selected product regarding value-adding and superior quality.

The development of individual desserts will create greater community co-operation between school, business houses and industry experts. Student teamwork will drive the project, with cross-curriculum subject areas called on for product development, design, packaging, marketing and sales. Individual cheese-makers have also volunteered their expertise in this exciting gourmet field. . Aboriginal participation will be a vital part of this project so Elders have been approached regarding their use of bush tucker in the past.

Regular discussions will be held on the project’s progress, to forestall failure through skills and management lacks, timeline delays and crop loss through natural and other causes. Documentation of every stage will monitor progress for future reference.

This project will cross curriculum areas such as Hospitality/Home Economics, Agriculture, Art, Business Education) and will involve Special Needs students in the care of crop trees, harvesting and preparation of fruit for use in the project. This project’s emphasis on student co-operation, workplace health and safety procedures, loyalty, dedication and civic-mindedness will be recognized at every stage. Publicity in school and community media outlets will focus on students’ decision-making, innovation and dedication to the success of the endeavour.

The consumer of the product will be gourmands whose taste-buds are piqued by the growing interest in resources accessed from Australian native flora. They will revel in the cross-cultural possibilities of contemporary gourmet cuisine. They will be adventurous, excited by new products and will positively critique innovative ventures.

The desserts will be marketed vigorously within and outside the district and will be promoted as exclusive products of the Atherton Tableland region through tourist-related food retail outlets.

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