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Faculty of Natural & Agricultural Sciences

Grade 9 Open Day informative and fun

By Martie Meyer

Posted on 11 August 2011

Learners at the Grade 9 Open Day browsing through the exhibitions of all the different departments in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Learners at the Grade 9 Open Day browsing through the exhibitions of all the different departments in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Learners need to be exposed to the possible future study and career options so that they can make informed choices when they select their subjects for grade 10. The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences are very aware of this reality and therefore hosted their second Grade 9 Open Day recently.

More than 200 learners from 12 schools, including schools from Mamelodi, Hoërskool Waterkloof and Cornwall College attended this informative day on 29 July this year.

The activities kick-off with the Dean of the Faculty, Prof Anton Ströh welcoming the learners and teachers to the University. He emphasised the importance of a choosing the right subjects in order to have a fulfilling career and expressed the hope that all learners present would become possible Tukkie students.
 
Mr Petrus Lombard from the JuniorTukkie programme showed a DVD to the learners and explained how the programme works and the benefits of being a JuniorTukkie. Ms Samantha Pretorius, a lecturer in the Department of Insurance and Actuarial Science, gave an overview of the different study programmes and the entry requirements for the respective degrees in the Faculty.

Mrs Marianne van der Laarse from the Produce Marketing Association Foundation also encouraged the learners with her enthusiastic presentation to consider a career in the agriculture sector and highlighted the many scare skills currently in this sector. All the different departments from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences exhibited and learners had the opportunity to browse through the exhibition and gather some more in-depth knowledge of the different departments.

The highlight of the day was the science show by Mr Eddie Jansen, a retired science subject advisor who illustrated that science can be fun. He nearly ‘blowed’ the learners away with all his interesting experiments. The day’s activities were concluded by a free lunch sponsored by the Faculty, prepared by the students of the Department of Consumer Science.

Mrs Marié Venter, Senior Public Relations Practitioner in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and organiser of the Grade 9 Open Day, says this second Grade 9 Faculty Open Day was even more successful than the first one and the positive feedback from both learners and teachers confirmed that.

 

Mr Eddie Jansen, a retired science subject advisor who illustrated that science can be fun. He nearly ‘blowed’ the learners away with all his interesting experiments.



He nearly ‘blowed’ the learners away with all his interesting experiments.



Learners at the Grade 9 Open Day browsing through the exhibitions of all the different departments in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.



What will I become one day? Learners at the Grade 9 Open Day considering all the possible career options in the Faculty. 

 



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