Ti­tahi Bay goes the milky way

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By MATT SHAND

There haven’t been milk mon­i­tors in Welling­ton pri­mary schools for 44 years, but since last Thurs­day they have been back at Ti­tahi Bay North School.

Ti­tahi Bay North is one of sev­eral Porirua schools signed up to Fon­terra’s Milk for Schools pro­gramme. Pupils now get a 160ml car­ton of free milk each day.

Milk mon­i­tors were se­lected from year 7 pupils to help dis­trib­ute milk to class­rooms and teach younger pupils how to re­cy­cle their car­tons.

The plas­tic in re­cy­cled car­tons is turned into roof tiles for Thai­land, and the pa­per is used to make ex­er­cise books for Viet­namese pupils.

Milk mon­i­tor Blake Rogers, 11, has been busy teach­ing his school­mates how to cor­rectly fold and dis­pose of car­tons.

‘‘It has to be done a spe­cial way to make it eas­ier for the re­cy­cler,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s folded in a way so even the straw has a place to go.

‘‘It’s good that the car­tons are re­cy­cled and not just wasted.’’

It takes 30 car­tons to make one roof­ing tile.

The mon­i­tors will hand out milk be­tween 10am and 11am each day for pupils to drink dur­ing class.

The im­por­tance of let­ting pupils drink milk dur­ing class was dis­cov­ered dur­ing the Milk for School’s pilot pe­riod at Maun­gatur­oto Pri­mary School in North­land.

Though it meant a lit­tle more slurp­ing in the class­room, it al­lowed pupils to take charge and drink in their own time.

Ti­tahi Bay North Prin­ci­pal Steven Cald­well said dis­tribut­ing in that way let teach­ers choose the best mo­ment to let pupils open their milk.

‘‘Teach­ers will de­cide when the chil­dren needed an en­ergy boost and let them sip it as it’s needed,’’ he said.

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Schools pro­gramme de­layed its Welling­ton launch fol­low­ing Fon­terra’s re­cent pub­lic re­la­tions disas­ter over con­tam­i­nated whey pow­der.

Mr Cald­well said he was con­fi­dent Fon­terra had taken all the steps to en­sure the milk be­ing sent to schools was safe.

‘‘They pro­vided us with a cer­tifi­cate show­ing us that the milk was in­spected,’’ Mr Cald­well said.

‘‘We also sent home let­ters to par­ents ask­ing them to come for­ward with any con­cerns or ques­tions.’’

Photo: MATT SHAND

Thirsty work: Monae Taitua-Te Kani was one of the first pupils at Ti­tahi Bay North School to en­joy free milk.

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