Each year the Noel Williams Shield is awarded to the school with the highest scoring Angus school steer in the Sydney Royal Easter Show School Steer competition.
Recently, Scone High School was awarded the Noel Williams Shield by NSW State Committee Chairperson Mark Lucas and Treasurer Mr Richard Buck after taking out the top Angus steer in this year’s school steer competition at the Royal Easter Show.
The winning Angus steer was donated by the Brooker family of Main Camp Angus, Upper Rouchel, and was shown by Scone High School. The steer weighed 536 kilograms liveweight and won with a total of 81.5 points.
Prize money, donated the award sponsor Reiland Angus Stud, was presented by stud principle Mr Lucas to the school during a full assembly.
Mr Lucas in presenting the award to the team at Scone High School spoke of the importance of studying agriculture and reminded students not to be focused solely on technology.
“You cannot eat computers” he said.
Mr Lucas went on to state to the assembly that when considering their futures, he urged the students to be the first and the best at whatever they choose to pursue.
In attendance at the presentation was Mrs Margaret Brooker, Miss Christine Brooker, Mr Buck and Mr Matthew Maccri of Skyfall Angus.
First presented in 1994, this is the eighth time over the history of the award that Scone High School have been triumphant.
Over the years the shield has travelled to many parts of New South Wales and was once presented to a Queensland school.
Past winners have been Abbotsleigh, Barker College, Chevalier College, Downlands College, Dubbo High School, Frensham, Hunter Valley Grammar, Karabar High School, The Kings School, Knox Grammar, The Scots School, Xavier College, Coonamble High School, Mudgee High School and Scone Grammar.
The History of the Award:
In 1982 the RAS of NSW started a competition where if a school had a stud, they could enter their steer in the RAS steer competition.
In 1984 the late Noel Williams, owner of the Berry Angus stud, Berry and his south coast business partner Mr Bruce McIntosh, together with the NSW state committee of the Angus Society of Australia and a number of other people including the late Norman Lethbridge, were delivering and sourcing steers to NSW schools for entry to the competition.
Noel Williams had for many years paid out of his own pocket expenses incurred by the schools.
Prior to 1984, school steers at the RAS hoof and hook competition were judged in the open classes of the competition.
Well known Sydney Show supporters, Wendy and Des Stubbs had been involved in the supervision of students on the Sydney Showgounds since 1956.
It was the initiative of Wendy and Des who approached RAS councillors Neville Russell, the late Bill Coghlan and the late Dick Stone in 1986 to create the first standalone RAS school steer competition.
The steers were housed in the pig pavilion at the Moore Park Showgrounds and students were accommodated in the Anzac Rifle Range army huts at Little Bay.
Steers in those days were assembled at the schools or the Homebush sale yards.
Back Row: NSW State Committee Chairman, Mark Lucas, outgoing NSW State Committee Secretary, Richard Buck, NSW State Committee Member, Matt Macri, Scone high School, Ag teacher, Justin Newling, Main Camp Angus, Representatives, Christine and Margaret Brooker
Front Row: Scone High School students, Mikayla Farley, Lecoda Freemantle, Lachlan Cone, Darcy Adams, Seannah Hall, Gabby Kenedy, Sarah Riley and Anekah Bettens