Koondoola Primary students set to paint Picasso cows


Koondoola Primary School year 5 and 6 students with their cow.Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d451865
Koondoola Primary School year 5 and 6 students with their cow.Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d451865

STUDENTS in Koondoola are preparing to decorate a life-sized fibreglass cow as part of a national program.

Koondoola Primary School was one of 20 WA schools to receive the cow, along with paint and brushes, through Dairy Australia’s Picasso Cows initiative.

Students will paint the bovine over the next 12 weeks while learning where food comes from and the importance of dairy in health and industry.

Once completed, they will have a chance to win a cash prize.

Dairy Australia project manager Emily Barnes said the program provided educational and nutritional benefits.

“Two in three Australian children over the age of two are not meeting the Australian Dietary Guidelines recommendations for the dairy food group, which is a worrying trend,” she said.

“Our curriculum-linked Picasso Cows program uses creativity to bring dairy into the classroom, helping teachers and students learn about the dairy industry itself as well as the natural package of essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and protein, that milk, cheese and yoghurt provide growing bodies.”

Other participating schools include St Anthony’s School and Mindarie, Tapping and Westminster primary schools.