HAVE you ‘herd’ the good word about Painting Daisy? Primary aged students all around Gippsland Victoria are learning about the importance of the Dairy Industry to their local community through a creative, educational and fun filled program called ‘Painting Daisy’.
The program showcases the relevance of the Dairy Industry to the school community through art.
The program is run during Term 3 in schools, and is a great literacy and visual arts task for the students.
Students work in teams of two to paint or decorate a miniature cow, research a chosen topic on the dairy industry and write a ‘good news story’ reflecting their learning.
A group of Grade 5 and 6 students at Inverloch Primary School have been so keen to be involved in the project they are working on it during their lunch time. They have been intently researching their topics and the art work on their Painting Daisy cows will stem from these ideas.
Some of the topics the students may cover are as follows:
• The jobs dairying creates in their local area
• The nutritional value of dairy
• The size of the dairy industry in their region and in Victoria
• A day in the life of a dairy farmer
• Dairy products and what we consume
• How dairying contributes to the local community.
The Painting Daisy program helps to link an important industry – the Dairy Industry – to young people that live in country towns and may not be aware of the connection between what’s being produced locally and the impact such an industry can have on our local community.
The program is a fun way of allowing the students to investigate the importance of this industry to their region, it’s relevance to their local community and how industry, education and local communities can work together.
John Hutchison, one of the Painting Daisy program managers said in years gone by, children either lived on dairy farms themselves or they had family members that did.
“Through progressive changes especially in technology, the number of dairy farms has decreased, yet the size of the farms has increased.
“Many students now have little or no knowledge of what happens on these dairy farms, the smorgasbord of careers available in the industry or the impact of local industry on their community.
“The program is a great way to educate rural students about what happens in their community and the importance of an industry that operates right on their doorstep.”
In this inaugural year of the program, the Painting Daisy program is already running in 10 schools around the Gippsland region, including Poowong Primary School, St Laurence O’Toole Primary School, Toora Primary School, Loch Primary School, Chairo Christian School – Leongatha campus, Newhaven Primary School, St Joseph’s School Wonthaggi, Inverloch Primary School, Bass Valley Primary School and Wonthaggi North Primary School, as well as 14 schools in the Northern Victoria region.
At the conclusion of the program in November, winning schools and student teams will be awarded.
Students will be in the running for the following prizes:
• $200 for ‘Best painted cow’
• $200 for ‘Best good news story’
• $200 for ‘Funniest class photo’
Locally, the project is funded by Bass Coast Shire Council – Dairy Farmer Assistance Program, and South Gippsland Shire Council – Dairy Tight Times Support Events Program and managed by Jaydee Events.
Jaydee Events is an agricultural based project and event management company with an educational focus.