Published on: 13 September 2017

A group of our Year 9 and 10 boarders had the opportunity to experience an overnight farm stay in Cunderdin last Friday, gaining exposure to daily farming life and a real appreciation for where our food comes from.

The group, including some of our newer international boarders, enjoyed a spectacular run of scenery during the 2.5 hour commute to the farm, owned and run by the Stevenson family whose boys are currently boarding at Christ Church. The Stevenson family are farmers of barley, wheat and sheep.

The farm visit included activities such as:

–       exploring traditional Aboriginal sites on the farm and learning about traditional rock implements
–       a walk through the farm paddock to see hectares of barley crops and over 2500 sheep
–       learning how to distinguish between sheep livestock used for wool or meat, lamb or mutton, how sheep feed, and their genetics
–       a barbeque dinner by a bonfire
–       sleeping in a shed where it dropped to a chilling 12 degrees!
–       a Saturday morning hike in the Cunderdin hills to explore wild flowers and take in great views
–       a visit to the historic Cunderdin Museum

“The visit really provided the boarders with an opportunity to appreciate the impact farmers have on our urban lifestyle and how seasons play a critical role in farming,” says Year 9 and 10 Residential Year Group Co-ordinator, Mr Khiem Ly.

“Escaping to a place like Cunderdin helped the boys understand that they can still live without the general luxuries they would otherwise take for granted, as well as enjoy great fun in the company of others.”

The visit was offered as part of our yearly boarding program which includes up to two farm visits per year, voluntarily hosted by families within the School’s boarding community.