YDP loves Archibull!

While it might sound corny, there are many ways that the worlds of Archibull and YDP came together this year!  Our Young Diplomats program focussed on the United Nations issue of food security, and the kinds of actions different nations were prepared to take to help ensure there would be enough food to feed the world’s growing population.  This year, we represented the United States while our partners down at Malanda SHS represented Russia.    When we travelled to Canberra, we took the opportunity to meet with our federal member of parliment, Hon. Bob Katter.  He had many questions for us about our perceptions of the far north’s food security and crop production.  We discussed the maize industry of Atherton, de-regulation of the dairy industry and the impact this has on families in our region, and the potential of fisheries.  The Archibull and YDP have both strengthened our knowledge and awareness of our local industries, and the importance relationships that connect the various stakeholders.

Our visit to Canberra

Our visit to Canberra

What is a Pulse?

A pulse, also known as a ‘grain legume’ is an annual leguminous crop yielding an assortment of seeds within a pod. They are used as food for both humans and animals. Chickpea, Faba/broad bean, Field pea, Lentil, Lupin and Vetch are the six major pulse groups grown in Australia. Recognised for the role they can play in improving cereal yields, Pulses break the cycle of cereal root diseases while maintaining soil fertility. These crops are often used in crop rotation due to their high nitrogen-fixing abilities. The combination of higher soil nutrition and reduced root diseases is cumulated and result in a dramatic increase in subsequent cereal yields.  In order to evaluate the benefits of using pulses in crop rotation, studies have been carried out. The majority of findings indicated that when pulse crops are grown in rotation with cereal and oilseed crops yields are increased by 0.5 to 1 tonne per hectare and protein by as much as 0.5 to 1.8%. This benefit can equate to as much as 30% of the total value of the pulse crop. In a normal season, pulses currently represent approximately 2,265,000 hectares throughout the country and produce around 2.5 million tonnes of grain with a commodity value of over $A675 million. The overall value of pulses within the Australian agricultural industry is far greater when the benefits of increased yield and protein value of following cereal and oilseed crops is taken into account, reaching almost A$1 billion annually.

Musical Archibull – “Amaize” a song written and preformed by students.

Attached is an audio file from the Atherton SHS Music Department. Aiden Prowse from year 12 English wrote a poem earlier on in the Archibull contest (Forms the Lyrics). The Music Department students along with the assistance of their teacher Mr Ross Pols composed the music, sang (Student- Nathan Parise), played the instruments and recorded and edit the musical item.

‘Amaize’ is about the maize industry and farming on the Atherton Tablelands.

Please enjoy 🙂



How is Cornealus progressing?

Cornealus is well on the way now to becoming an artistic master piece. Kaneesha and Imogen the two leading students have commenced work. I asked Kaneesha a couple of questions in regards to the art work;

1. What is the theme of the art work? We are desgning around the theme of grain. Maize is the major grain grown on the Atherton Tablelands and we have an area of land between where the grain silos use to be, known as the GOLDEN TRIANGLE.

2. Where are you at with the art work? We have drawn in all the design in pencil in preparation for painting. It has also be cut in the middle and been reinforced by the ITD department so we can do some work in 3D.

3. Is this also something you can use as assessment as well? Yes

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Imogen and Kaneesha


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I have a hole in my belly.

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Pencil sketches.

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Art class hard at work.