The House of Wellness program on Channel 7 recently featured some extra special guests – students from St Catherine’s College at Singleton and their Archies and Kreative Koalas!
The House of Wellness explores “the world of health and wellbeing, addressing your health concerns in an entertaining and informative format. From raising your kids, to staying fit, ageing gracefully, and keeping beautiful inside and out, as well as the A to Z of every vitamin under the sun, The House of Wellness is designed with one thing in mind – to help you ‘Live Well’.”
In his introduction to the November 2 episode, Luke Darcy linked wellness to the environment.
“2020 has made us re-think pretty much everything about the way we live from what we consume, our relationships with each other and the environment and the impact we have on the planet,”
Luke’s astute reflection is a mantra long held by the Archies and Kreative Koalas.
After a brief chat about The Archibald Prize Luke, and co-host Jo Stanley, segued expertly to The Archibull Prize and featured Lynne Strong talking about her vision for climate positive agriculture before segueing again to Lynne’s driving passion – Picture You in Agriculture.
Then it was into the classroom to showcase the Archies and Kreative Koalas in action, including asking the students how these programs have changed their perception of agriculture and the environment.
“I didn’t grow up on a farm but this has definitely made it a lot more fun,” said Archies participant Phoebe .
“Its pretty exciting” declared Jessica
“For the forehead we are planning to put an earth with a lot of trees and bushes around the outside. So that’s saying that our planet grows a lot of plants and those plants are vital,” said Jacob.
The segment concluded with a plug for careers in agriculture.
“We have some of the best ag science and agronomy courses in the world right here and by 2030 it is estimated there will be around 48,000 new jobs in the rural sector, which is fantastic. It’s a great field to steer our kids towards,” Luke said.
“And it is girls who are leading the charge
They make up more than 56% of students studying agriculture and related courses.” Jo continued.
PYiA is committed to engaging students, young agriculturalists and future consumers in conversations about their vision for the future of food and farming and their role in it. Thanks to The House of Wellness that vision has reached yet another audience.
Watch the Archies and Kreative Koalas on The House of Wellness
Mega shout out to the students and teachers at St Catherine’s and the team at the House of Wellness who all did a superstar job of showing how exciting agriculture can be