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Our School:

Mindarie Senior College 14 Elliston Parade, cnr Anchorage Drive Mindarie. W.A. 6030
Wendy Clarkson - Food Technology Teacher Phone: 08 9304 5800 Fax: 08 9304 5888

Our School “Region”:

Mindarie Senior College approximately 50 km from the Perth CBD in the City of Wanneroo.

It is part of new coastal residential development which is fast encroaching on an extensive area which has long been a traditional market garden area. It supports many culturally diverse groups. Many growers in this community are involved in organic and biodynamic farming methods, which is the context we will explore for this challenge.

Our Product:

Organic Herb Sourdough Bread

The Wanneroo area and the adjacent Swan Valley is steeped in the Mediterranean history and traditions. Our project will investigate organic/biodynamic growing of herbs and combine this with testing and developing natural fermentation processes in bread making.

Our School Statement:

We are committed to providing the opportunities that will enable students to achieve their very best. To achieve this we require the commitment of the entire college community to enable us to establish a positive learning environment and a culture that embodies the values of our Australian society. Providing an opportunity such as this Challenge will encourage students to be supportive, valuable members of their community and promote a lifelong approach to learning a citizenship.

We have in place in the school, a colours award procedure to recognise participation and excellence in academic achievement and involvement in our community at large. Students wear their badges proudly. Our school’s focus is The Arts, a focus which explores the many facets of craftsmanship and basic artisan skills. Students are recognised for developing expertise in these areas exploring similar artisan methods relating to food production is an extension of this. Students will hopefully refine their values by placing more emphasis on their personal health and their immediate environment.

This Challenge coincides perfectly with the Task and Outcome outline of the Food Technology course offered to year 11 and 12 students which require extensive exploration of the functions of foods, functional foods and the development of the Australian Food industry, discussion of legal and ethical issues, development of a food product and marketing systems. New tourism course units at the school will also support this venture as a cross curricular activity. Students have completed classes for this school year so input by them will not be fully developed until the beginning of the 2005 school year.

Our region has a well-developed Business Enterprise Centre a large local market promoting fresh produce and local businesses who are willing support schools. We intend to identify our target consumer as part of a class investigation of our large school catchment area. It is a newly developing area incorporating extreme diversity in housing, commerce and industry. Infrastructure is growing rapidly but still largely undeveloped which will present the opportunity for students to target and maximise business opportunities.

Funding has been applied for (from the District Education Office) to support the development of this project. Our technology department has an extensive array of food production equipment, computers, digital cameras and projectors to assist in carrying out all aspects of investigation and production in this Challenge. The college is confident it will be a worthwhile and valid educational experience for all students involved.

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