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Aurora kids to go on-farm again

THE Aurora Education Foundation has plans to run another farm visit activity day next month to inspire gifted children who show a passion for farming and the land.

The registered charitable trust was established in 2016 to deliver a higher learning programme to gifted and talented primary school students.

“The purpose of the Aurora Trust is to advance the cause of gifted education in mainly Gisborne, but also the wider Tairawhiti region,” said executive director Sunny Bush.

“We provide a wide variety of rich extension opportunities to support the gifts of promising children, while also accelerating their learning performance.”

In March last year the Trust facilitated its inaugural Aurora Young Leaders of the Land day at Norm and Demelza Thomas’s Mahana Station property at Whangara.

“It was an unqualified success and has spurred us to run another farm visit activity day, this time at Hamish and Paula Newman’s dairy farm in the Matawai district,” Sunny said.

It will be held next Thursday, September 5.

“Our experimental programme is designed to inspire a new cohort of children, who show a true passion and interest in farming and the land.

“We are extremely fortunate this year to have been invited to present at the Bayleys Breakfast on the Friday morning of the A&P Show.”

The Bayleys rural team will video the dairy farm visit and interview children to form the basis of their student presentation.

“We see this as another positive step towards Aurora acting as a launching pad for tomorrow’s great farmers and leaders of the land,” Sunny said.

The farm visit runs from 10.30am until 2pm and a representative from Fonterra will be involved.