School pupils enjoy a “Taste of their Future” at Barony

Published Tuesday, 28th March 2017 in Barony Campus news

Dog grooming with students

Over 50 school pupils enjoyed the opportunity to try out different practical tasks at the “Taste of Your Future” event that was held at SRUC's Barony Campus.

From tractor driving, handling reptiles, grooming dogs and bandaging to forestry harvesting simulator and building an electric circuit - pupils and teachers from nine local secondary schools made full use of the opportunity to sample life as a student on campus.

SRUC’s own students also gave the pupils the benefit of their knowledge learned on their course and explained what they do on a typical day at college.

Robert McHarrie from Stranraer Academy tried out the Agriculture and Engineering courses. He said: “I found the experience really good. It was great that it was hands on, you weren’t just watching people do things, you got the chance to try practical tasks for yourself. The students on the course were very helpful in explaining what they do on the course and answering any questions.”

Pamela Wells, Principal Teacher of Pupil Support from Kirkcudbright added: “This is the third trip Kirkcudbright Academy have been involved with the Barony. It has been invaluable for pupils to be aware of the diversity and range of pathways that the campus offers our young people.

Taking part in the “Taste of your Future” event gives pupils the time and experience to see the departments they are interested in perusing. Being able to see the work spaces and talk directly to the tutors enriches the pupils understanding of studying here.  I hope this partnership working with the college and schools continues to grow.”

Photo caption: School pupils dog grooming with the animal care department.

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