Springston goes to the animals
Kids, parents, teachers and a whole menagerie enjoyed their time in the sun for the Springston Pet Day parade on Friday.
As well as the traditional parade, there was judging of the animals, agricultural projects to be handed in, a shearing demonstration and a lamb race.
The annual event had been organised by teacher Allana Taylor for more than 10 years and was now a ‘‘well oiled machine’’.
Taylor said the event included ‘‘weird and wonderful’’ pets as well as your standard dogs, cats, calves and lambs. She said they also welcomed guests from nearby early childhood centres and retirement homes to give it a real community feel.
Springston principal Dianne Prendergast said that being a rural school, they could still run a pet day and kids still enjoyed it.
‘‘It brings out heaps of great characteristics in the kids when they look after and take responsibility for their animals.’’
She said one of the school’s key values was articulation, and speaking to the judges about their animals was a great way to demonstrate that.
‘‘We’re really grateful for the community support we get from the judges,’’ Predergast said.
One of those judges, Catherine Craw, had been assessing entries at the Springston Pet Day for five years. She said entries were judged on both knowledge of the animal and how it was cared for.
‘‘Basically, it’s not the type of animal, but how they’re looked after and how the kids interact with it,’’ Craw said.
Final year Springston pupil Lucy, 12, handed in her first agricultural project at two years old, adamant she would be involved alongside her two older sisters.
The three sisters had always entered lambs, she said, and this year was no different. Lucy raised her lamb Riley for 16 weeks after temporarily adopting it from a neighbouring farm.
Projects detailed both the process of raising and training an animal as well as details on the species in general. She said it could be quite hard to give the lamb back at the end of the project.
‘‘I don’t want to give her back this year. I think I started [the project] in August and I finished it the day before you had to hand it in.’’
Although she had received her first top prize at three, Lucy was pleased she could finish her career in primary school pet days with another first place.
Lucy (second from left), 12, took out first place in the lamb catergory.