Art con­nects chil­dren to dairy­ing

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Shep­par­ton’s St Bren­dan’s Pri­mary School Year 5 and 6 stu­dents are us­ing their artis­tic skills and learn­ing about the im­por­tance of the dairy in­dus­try through a new pro­gram called Paint­ing Daisy.

The pro­gram, in its in­au­gu­ral year, show­cases the rel­e­vance of the dairy in­dus­try to the school com­mu­nity through art.

The pro­gram is run dur­ing term three in schools and is a lit­er­acy and vis­ual arts task for the stu­dents.

Stu­dents work in teams of two to paint or dec­o­rate a minia­ture cow, re­search a cho­sen topic on the dairy in­dus­try and write a good news story re­flect­ing their learn­ing.

Some of the top­ics the stu­dents may cover are the jobs dairy­ing cre­ates in their lo­cal area and the nu­tri­tional value of dairy foods.

‘‘The Paint­ing Daisy pro­gram helps to link an im­por­tant in­dus­try to young peo­ple that live in coun­try towns and may not be aware of the con­nec­tion be­tween what’s be­ing pro­duced lo­cally and the im­pact such an in­dus­try can have on our lo­cal com­mu­nity,’’ St Bren­dan’s teacher Mark Al­mond said.

The pro­gram is a fun way of al­low­ing the stu­dents to in­ves­ti­gate the im­por­tance of the in­dus­try to their re­gion, its rel­e­vance to their lo­cal com­mu­nity and how in­dus­try, ed­u­ca­tion and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties can work to­gether.

‘‘In years gone by, chil­dren ei­ther lived on dairy farms them­selves or they had fam­ily mem­bers that did,’’ John Hutchi­son, one of the Paint­ing Daisy pro­gram man­agers, said.

‘‘Through pro­gres­sive changes, es­pe­cially in tech­nol­ogy, the num­ber of dairy farms has de­creased, yet the size of the farms has in­creased.

‘‘Many stu­dents now have lit­tle or no knowl­edge of what hap­pens on these dairy farms, the smor­gas­bord of ca­reers avail­able in the in­dus­try or the im­pact of lo­cal in­dus­try on their com­mu­nity.

‘‘The pro­gram is a great way to ed­u­cate ru­ral stu­dents about what hap­pens in their com­mu­nity and the im­por­tance of an in­dus­try that op­er­ates right on their doorstep.’’

In its first year, the Paint­ing Daisy pro­gram is al­ready run­ning in 14 schools around north­ern Vic­to­ria.

At the end of the pro­gram in Oc­to­ber, win­ning schools and stu­dent teams will be awarded.

Stu­dents will be in the run­ning for a $200 prize for best painted cow, $200 for best good news story and $200 for fun­ni­est class photo.

The project is funded by the UDV and man­aged by Jaydee Events.

Moov­ing art . . . St Bren­dan’s Pri­mary School stu­dents Martha Chase­more and Gemma Boyd en­joy paint­ing Daisy.

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