Sylvia gets painted for dairy education

DAIRY FRIEND: Mt Sylvia students with their painted picasso cow ‘Sylvia’.
DAIRY FRIEND: Mt Sylvia students with their painted picasso cow ‘Sylvia’. Ali Kuchel

REMEMBER the white fibreglass cow Mt Sylvia State School received nearly two months ago?

Well the dairy cow looks a little different now, with students painting and decorating their latest classroom addition as part of Dairy Australia’s project bringing the paddock to Brisbane classrooms.

The cow, now named Sylvia, was part of a 12 week project where students learned where their dairy products came from, health benefits and the importance of the dairy industry in Australia.

The students chose the them fuel for life, with a number of kids living on or near farms in the area.

Year 1 students Ben Metcalf, Bella Ryan, Zahra Bauer, Kade Reeves and Sienna Lamb were excited to share how Sylvia had changed over the past few weeks.

Zahra, who painted the udder and the cow’s rear end, said she visited a local dairy farm with her fellow Prep to Year 3 school students.

“We tried fresh milk from the cows and it was warm,” Zahra said.

She said the dairy farm used machines to milk the cows.

“I thought the cows were milked by hand,” she said.

Sylvia is just one of 10 cows currently at a school in south-east Queensland involved in the Picasso Cows program, and will return to Mt Sylvia State School once she’s been judged.

School principal Mark Thompson said the Picasso Cow was a great project for our whole school to work on as it helped the students learn about the dairy industry, healthy foods for growing bodies and let us get creative at the same time.

“Most of the upper primary students could see how it would relate to our art classes but we were quite surprised at how our teachers managed to link our learning to many curriculum activities,” Mr Thompson said.

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