Pri­mary school sees a lit­tle bit of Coun­try

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS at Man­ning Pri­mary School were treated to a smor­gas­bord of life on a farm when the Royal Agricultural So­ci­ety of WA (RASWA) brought it to the stage.

Rolled out to about 50 WA schools this year, the RASWA pro­duc­tion of The Coun­try Life fea­tured an in­ter­ac­tive and ed­u­ca­tional mix­ture of songs, dance and pup­petry while pro­mot­ing agricultural ca­reers.

The pro­duc­tion was a part of the RASWA FarmED pro­gram.

The cur­ricu­lum-linked pro­gram was in­tro­duced in re­sponse to na­tional re­search that showed chil­dren had lit­tle idea as to where the food from su­per­mar­kets came from.

RASWA pres­i­dent Rob Wil­son said bring­ing the story to the stage helped chil­dren to un­der­stand the in­dus­try.

“It is all to do with the value of agri­cul­ture, and how education can play an im­por­tant role in eras­ing the ur­ban and ru­ral di­vide,” he said.

“By bring­ing the farm story and ex­pe­ri­ence to the class­room, chil­dren gain knowl­edge of their food, where it comes from and how it is pro­duced.

“It also gives them some un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the role of agri­cul­ture in the na­tion’s econ­omy and fu­ture.”

Per­form­ers bring The Coun­try Life to the stage at Man­ning Pri­mary.

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