Located in the prime agricultural region of the Darling Downs, Downlands College is home to a 35 acre Rural Centre which hosts a diverse range of plants and animals, including cattle, sheep, poultry, fish, a fruit orchid and bees to name a few. These resources are complemented by an extensive educational program that covers aquaculture, horticulture, rural operations and animal husbandry.
Commencing as a boarding school in 1931, Downlands has always maintained strong rural ties, with many students hailing from the land. This means that agriculture is always going to play an important role in the Curriculum.
The agricultural program has been designed to not only provide students with an understanding of the industry but to equip students with the practical skills they need to work on a farm. Two Certificates are able to be completed within the curriculum program, a Certificate I in AgriFood Operations and Certificate II in Rural Operations. Other Agricultural Certificates offered externally to the College are also available through the Downlands Careers Centre.
In addition to providing a valuable education space for teachers and students, the Rural Centre is regularly used by the College's successful, and popular, Cattle Show Team. The team, currently consisting of over 50 boys and girls, both boarders and day students, compete in regional shows, the Brisbane EKKA and Rockhampton Beef Week. The team has cemented its success in the field, winning many awards, including Herdsman, Judging, and Carcass competitions.
The Rural Centre has also proved to be a popular choice by AgForce to host their school industry days including hosting the 2013 AgForce AgConnect Careers Day and the 2014 Moo Baa Munch.