Play­ground pain­ters

Pupils of Emer­ton’s Holy Fam­ily Pri­mary School have just 12 weeks to turn their Pi­casso Cow into a work of art.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian McKee

STUDENTS at Holy Fam­ily Pri­mary School in Emer­ton are brush­ing up on all things dairy, with Dairy Aus­tralia’s Pi­casso Cows pro­gram.

Now in its eighth year, the pro­gram sees students from across the coun­try de­sign and paint a life-size fi­bre­glass “Pi­casso Cow”.

With two in three Aus­tralian chil­dren not get­ting their rec­om­mended dose of dairy, the pro­gram aims to en­cour­age par­ents to change their chil­dren’s di­ets.

Daily Aus­tralia Project man­ager Emily Barnes said: “Our cur­ricu­lum-linked Pi­casso Cows pro­gram uses cre­ativ­ity to bring dairy into the class­room, help­ing teach­ers and students learn about the dairy in­dus­try it­self as well as the nat­u­ral pack­age of es­sen­tial nu­tri­ents in­clud­ing vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and pro­tein that milk, cheese and yo­ghurt pro­vide,”

Holy Fam­ily prin­ci­pal John Sprad­bor­row said the chil­dren just loved the idea.

“The kids came dressed as farm­ers on Tues­day and we in­tro­duced the cow to them, none of them knew it was here,” he said.

“A few of the teach­ers pushed the cow out at an assem­bly with me on it.

“The kids loved it; they went crazy.”

As well as its colour the cow is also miss­ing a name, with the school launch­ing com­pe­ti­tion for all students to help name the cow.

Year 1 teacher Brooke MacKay said there had been some in­ter­est­ing sug­ges­tions.

“Some kids sug­gested Billy or Bella an­other one was Milky Moo and one kid who has fam­ily with a farm sug­gested Burtina af­ter his un­cle’s cow,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit dairy.edu.au.

Pic­ture: Matthew Sul­li­van

Year 1 students Tatanoa, Lotrell, Joshua and Asar­leyah.

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