38 students with livestock from Brockhill Park Performing Arts College’s own farm took part in the livestock section at the Kent County Show. Donna Ashlee, assistant principal, was delighted: “Our students have worked so hard with the animals to get to this point, to see them presenting the livestock so professionally, and with such confidence is a very proud moment and to win prizes is a bonus.”

Brockhill took cattle, sheep and pigs and the students showed over the three show days. Abbi Phillips took first prize and Reserve Champion in the Native class with her pure Hereford heifer called Hannah, she also won first prize in the turnout class. Aaron May took the Reserve Champion cup for Continental Cross Bred with his Belgium Blue cross heifer called Bella. Briony Balcome took the Reserve Champion Beef x Dairy with her Lim x steer called Frank. Other notable successes included Lara Hoffman winning first prize in the handling and knowledge class with her steer called Frank and many second and third rosettes for the lamb and pig show teams.

Donna Ashlee said: “The prizes are fantastic, but our students enjoyment, excitement and learning throughout the week means so much more. For some students it was a first experience of camping, for others a first experience of staying away from home. It was wonderful to watch the staff, students and animals all together as a real team.”