Kingswood High School's science week celebrations will give food for thought.
The theme for this year's national event is ‘Food for our future: Science feeding the world’, with a focus on food security and sustainable farming practices.
Year 10 students Chris Beard, Cloe Draper and Michael Edmonds are among about 90 students in years 9 to 12 who take agriculture as an elective subject at the school.
They have so far studied horse care, vegetable gardening, how to drive a tractor, and the treatment of caged and free range chickens as a case study on animal cruelty.
‘‘You learn all the care you should have for plants and animals and what machinery you can use to keep things alive and look after your land,'' Michael said.
Cloe said she had always loved animals and enjoyed the practical and varied nature of agriculture as a subject.
''Agriculture is fun to do at school because working with animals and plants it is never the exact same lesson,'' she said.
''The plants will die or grow more or the animals will have an attitude. It’s always an exciting lesson to go to.’’
Chris said watching videos on how caged chickens were kept made him think twice about the food he eats.
‘‘I always knew that people didn’t like how they were treated but I never knew that they were treated so badly,’’ he said.
‘‘They’d grow 30 per cent quicker than normal chicken, so quickly their legs wouldn’t hold them and they’d sit there until they died and decomposed.
‘‘A lot had arthritis in their legs.’’
The school’s science open night on Wednesday will include six lab displays around the science week food theme.
Paper mache models of the cast of Disney Pixar film Finding Nemo will illustrate food chains and food webs.
Other displays include a walk through digestive system and ones on aquaculture, food hydration, genetically modified food and agriculture.
Year 5 pupils from local primary schools will visit on Monday for experiments and a liquid nitrogen show by Fizzics Education.
■ The open night is at the school, Bringelly Road, Kingswood, on August 20, 6pm to 8pm.