Secondary school programs

The Cows Create Careers program is designed for secondary school students to promote education and career opportunities in the dairy industry. It consists of 3 different modules.

Farm Module

The Farm Module runs as a six week project in each participating school and provides two sets of curriculum material, for Grades 7 & 8 and Grades 9 to 11. This program can easily be embedded into the curriculum and some schools choose to provide the program to an entire year group, others offer it to a single class.

All schools who participate are provided with feed supplies from sponsors who support the project at no cost.

The Cows Create Careers – Farm Module

  • demonstrates clear relationships between key learning areas in school and real life professional applications
  • introduces students to educational opportunities through vocational and university pathways
  • offers firsthand knowledge from experienced dairy farmers and industry advocates to encourage and support students
  • assists students with career decision-making through established links with education and employment sectors
  • rewards successful students and schools

The key components of the program are:

Dairy Farmer Support – A local dairy farmer lends two calves for a three week period, telling the students about the care required for the calves and also about their career in the dairy industry. The students then feed and monitor the calves as part of a series of educational activities.

Industry Advocate Support – Teachers and students are assisted by a dairy industry advocate who acts as an information resource throughout the term of the project. Students are able to ask questions, learn about careers in the dairy industry and the type of education and training required through various pathways.

Industry Research and Careers – The student teams have the opportunity to complete a multi-media presentation, a 3D model, a scientific report and thank you letter to Dairy Australia about the involvement of the dairy farmer and industry advocate at their school.

Project Assessment and evaluation – The students’ work is submitted for assessment and a report is provided to the teachers and schools. Students also complete two evaluation forms, one at the beginning and one at the end of the program. The form assesses students’ general knowledge of the dairy industry. A teacher evaluation form is also completed which provides feedback about the benefits of the project and encourages any suggestions for improvement.

As in previous years, the program would not be possible without the generous support of the many dairy farmers who provide calves to the schools, who answer the many questions the students ask and who always know which calves they sent to a school because they are the really, really quiet cattle in the paddock and in the milking herd. Just as important are the many Industry Advocates who visit the schools and discuss with students the many careers options available which are vital for running a modern and viable dairy farm.


In its 10th year of being held in Tasmania the Cows Create Careers – Farm Module continues to be extremely popular state-wide with a total of 20 schools expressing interest in the program. In total there are 3 schools and colleges participating for the first time. The schools and colleges are:

  • North West: Ulverstone High School, Burnie High School, Parklands High School, Smithton High School, St Brendan Shaw College, Latrobe High School and Don College
  • North: Scotch Oakburn College, Cressy District High School, Launceston Church Grammar , Deloraine High School and St Mary’s District High School
  • South: Tasman District School, St Virgil’s College, JRLF School, Bothwell District School and Dominic College

Presentation Days will be held on October 24th in the South, October 25th in Burnie and October 26th in Launceston.

Camembert in the Classroom

Camembert in the Classroom is an innovative designed to encourage secondary school teachers and students to learn about the Australian dairy industry, while introducing students to dairy manufacturing careers and pathways.


Cheese by St Patrick’s College (2016)

Provision of the Camembert in the Classroom (CitC) program in 2017 by DairyTas with the support of Lion D & D has proved to be extremely popular with Tasmanian high schools.

Two days of workshops have been offered with the following participation details

  • Five high schools are having staff trained so they can participate in the CitC program for the first time
  • Five high schools, already involved in the CitC program are having new staff trained so the program can continue in their school or be expanded to additional classes

The workshops were held at Port Sorell on June 13th and 14th 2017, with Russell Smith, the Chief Judge of the Grand Dairy Awards demonstrating the method of camembert cheese-making to the teachers and laboratory technicians, including all aspects of food safety protocols.

Teachers will then transferred this knowledge to their students and in Term 3, students will make their own camembert cheese in the classroom and complete assessment tasks, including a multimedia advertisement.

In total, sixteen northern Tasmanian high school will be involved in the CitC program this year with judging, again by Russell Smith, being held on September 14th and 15th 2017, at the East Devonport Recreation Centre.

Due to the number of schools involved it is necessary to hold two days of judging, a first for Camembert in the Classroom, in Tasmania.


Scotch Oakburn College cheesemaking

Over 150 students were recognised at a ‘Cows Create Careers – Camembert in the Classroom’ presentation day, held on Friday 16th September 2016 at the East Devonport Recreation Centre.

The ‘Big Day Out’ presentation saw St Patrick’s College claim the $300 prize for ‘Winning Cheese’, King Island District High School won the $200 prize for ‘Runner Up Cheese’, while Devonport High School won the $250 prize for the producing the winning multimedia advertisement, ‘Why Dairy is an Important Part of Our Diet’.

Scotch Oakburn College cheesemaking

Classes from ten schools across the Devonport region have participated in the program including Scotch Oakburn College, Devonport High School, Exeter High School, Burnie High School, King Island District High School, Launceston Christian School, Hellyer College, St Patrick’s College, Tasmanian eSchool – Northern Campus and Marist Regional College.

Story about Camembert in the Classroom by Margot Kelly on ABC Rural

Judge Russell Smith

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