Frank Partridge VC students chosen for Picasso Cows project
THE MID North Coast is prime dairy country in NSW but the high profile once held by cattle and milk products seems to be lost.
An initiative to revive interest in dairying among school students has seen Frank Partridge VC Public School in Nambucca Heads selected as one of six in the state to join the national Picasso Cows Makeover program.
The happy herd of primary school students get to paint a life-sized, fibreglass cow while discovering the health and nutritional benefits of foods like milk, cheese and yogurt, and learning more about Australia's dairy industry and its contribution to the economy.
Project manager Emily Barnes said it's a great way to reconnect with schools that have been involved with the Picasso Cows program and because of the fun concept, the kids just love it.
"It ensures more children understand where milk actually comes from and the impact dairy foods can have for good health," she said.
"Makeover revitalises the legacy of the program for both current and past students, reinvolves the local families and friends all while updating these valued educational resources for the modern classroom.
Much like the industry they celebrate and represent, these Picasso Cows are iconic members of their communities and should be preserved and evolved by a new generation of students."
Schools have until September to make over their cow before they are assessed.
Six finalists from across Australia's dairy regions will be announced in October, with the national winner awarded the $2,500 cash prize in November.
Picasso Cows, now in its seventh year, has been developed in accordance with the Australian Curriculum.