Cheesy day for col­lege stu­dents

South Waikato News - - Out & About - LUKE KIRKEBY

Year 10 Putaruru Col­lege sci­ence stu­dents found a cheesy side to their stud­ies on Thurs­day.

The stu­dents took part in a cheese mak­ing pro­gramme de­vel­oped by the Waikato In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy’s (Win­tec) Cen­tre for Sci­ence and Pri­mary In­dus­tries in con­junc­tion with the New Zealand Cheese School called Camem­bert in the Class­room.

The stu­dents gath­ered at the New Zealand Cheese School in Putaruru with their cheese mak­ing kits which were dis­counted by Over the Moon so they could make their own blocks of camem­bert.

Win­tec pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tor Kellie Bur­ton said the aim was to cre­ate in­ter­est in ca­reers in cheese mak­ing, the dairy in­dus­try, sci­ence, and hos­pi­tal­ity.

‘‘The ob­jec­tive of the pro­gramme, which Fon­terra has spon­sored, is to bring sci­ence alive for stu­dents and to help them see that stud­ies in gen­eral are not just some­thing that hap­pens at school but some­thing you can make a real prod­uct with and make into a ca­reer,’’ she said.

The cheeses will take six weeks to ma­ture which is when they will be judged along­side those of the eight other Waikato schools tak­ing part.

‘‘They also have the op­por­tu­nity to de­sign a brand and logo and the last part of the com­pe­ti­tion is mul­ti­me­dia where they can pro­duce a doc­u­men­tary or a pro­mo­tional ad,’’ Bur­ton said.

‘‘This is only the sec­ond year we have run it so it is still a pi­lot and next year we hope to have be­tween 600 to 800 stu­dents tak­ing part and ex­tend it to dif­fer­ent year lev­els as well.’’

Putaruru Col­lege head of sci­ence Eileen Carr said she had learnt a lot her­self about cheese mak­ing and was ex­cited about the fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties of the pro­gramme.

‘‘I’ve been mak­ing cheese my­self for a cou­ple of years but not suc­cess­fully so go­ing through the train­ing has been bril­liant,’’ she said.

De­spite the stu­dents find­ing the rig­or­ous hy­giene stan­dards for cheese mak­ing hard to abide by, fel­low sci­ence teacher Poonam Ram said they en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence over­all.

‘‘Once you get to know how to make cheese and you have some ex­pe­ri­ence you find it is so much eas­ier to make it at home and you can make all kinds,’’ she said.

The cheeses were to be stored at the col­lege un­til the best eight will be se­lected for judg­ing in Septem­ber.

No dog signs in the cen­tral busi­ness dis­tricts of South Waikato towns have been re­moved and re­placed with up­dated ones fea­tur­ing the coun­cil’s num­ber.

The signs erected in dog free ar­eas were crit­i­cised by South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil Putaruru Ward coun­cil­lor Adri­enne Bell dur­ing the coun­cil’s June Cor­po­rate and Reg­u­la­tory Com­mit­tee meet­ing for be­ing of no use to peo­ple pass­ing through who may see roam­ing or men­ac­ing dogs.

Bell called for the coun­cil’s num­ber to be added to the signs so that peo­ple could get in touch straight away if they had con­cerns.

Dur­ing the coun­cil’s meet­ing on Thurs­day group man­ager reg­u­la­tory Sharon Robin­son an­nounced that changes had been made.

‘‘They have been or­gan­ised for us very cheaply and will in­clude the coun­cil’s phone num­ber and the hours of op­er­a­tion in the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict pro­hib­ited ar­eas.’’

The coun­cil­lors were handed a map high­light­ing where the pro­hib­ited ar­eas were which was ap­proved when it im­ple­mented the by­law.

PHOTO: LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Putaruru Col­lege Year 10 stu­dents learn how to make cheese.

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