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Sturt Grove Farm Redevelopment

Sturt Grove Farm Redevelopment

As recently featured in The Advertiser, Westminster School and Thomas Foods International have announced a partnership that will see the main learning facility at Sturt Grove Farm being named the Thomas Foods Centre for Agriculture for students from Early Learning to Year 12. As we see every day, the Thomas Foods Centre for Agriculture build is well underway to include new multidisciplinary classrooms, outdoor learning spaces, produce processing and food tech areas, well equipped wet-labs, shearing facilities, a wash-down zone, and a community Farm Shop. The shop will sell produce grown at the farm, from our community as well as Thomas Foods products.

Pictured from left: Partek Managing Director Brenton Lunn, Director of Learning Andrea Sherwood, TFI General Manager Tom Davies, Chair of Council Craig Need (’86), Chair Emeritus Phillip Styles (’66.)

We are grateful to the work done by Westminster Chair Emeritus Phillip Styles and governing council member for Boarding Steve Sanders who, in tandem with the School Council, have worked closely with the Principal, School Leadership Team, Agriculture team and many rural families.

Andy Malcolm (’06), Head of Agriculture and the entire Ag team are excited for the new facility to come online to further build on the strengths of our Agriculture program. Our students will not only be learning from some of the best agricultural practitioners and experts in Australia, but will be doing so with access to one of the best school facilities of this type in the country.

Thomas Foods Internation Managing Director Darren Thomas is a Westminster Old Scholar (‘90) and TFI has been a proud supporter of the School for many years. This partnership builds on TFI’s existing involvement in the School’s rural pathways program, which includes offering a cadetship, work experience and hosted tours of key agricultural operations across SA including TFI’s new processing facility at Murray Bridge.

Director of Learning, Andrea Sherwood, is already evolving the curriculum to maximise the benefit of the new Thomas Foods Centre for Agriculture and we will certainly hear more from our academic team as the project progresses.

The Thomas Foods Centre for Agriculture is expected to open in Semester 2 with a community event planned for later August 2024 (details to be confirmed).


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