Cheesy day for college students
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.
Putaruru College Year 10 students learn how to make cheese.