Dear Parents & Caregivers,
As part of the Agriculture course offered at Marian Catholic College, Agriculture students in Years 9, 10 & 11 have the opportunity to work directly with European honey bees. Whilst this activity is not compulsory, it is an interesting and educational experience that we find students benefit greatly from. However, there are some risks associated with bees, primarily those relating to allergies and anaphylaxis resulting from stings. It is estimated that up to 3.5% of the population have allergic reactions to bees so we take great care to manage the risks associated with handling the bees.
These include the students
- Wearing full body bee protective suits while out at the hive and smoking the hives prior to opening them,
- Only opening the hives under suitable weather conditions and keeping an Epipen close to the hives.
- Students working directly with the bees completing Anaphylaxis training.
However, if despite these precautions, you are concerned about your child working with the bees, we are understanding and respectful of this.
It is for this reason that we would like to ask your permission to have your child involved in the activities directly relating to the bees and the harvesting of the honey.
If you do not wish your child to participate, we require you to still fill out the permission form and check ‘no’ for non-consent. If your child is not participating, they will be moved to another supervised area during the activities.
Miss Sky Van den Berge