Rockingham Beach Primary students give cow a makeover


Year 6 students Larni Clark, Kessie Bell and Madison Clark, (front) Liam Chatfield, Jake Houghton, Tylla Irvine, Ethan Ogilvie and Evie Vassallo.
Year 6 students Larni Clark, Kessie Bell and Madison Clark, (front) Liam Chatfield, Jake Houghton, Tylla Irvine, Ethan Ogilvie and Evie Vassallo.

BLANK canvases are exciting, a chance to create something new.

At Rockingham Beach Primary School, students have been given such a canvas but with a bovine twist.

As part of Dairy Australia’s Cows Makeover program, each school is given a life-size fibreglass cow to design and paint in one of three dairy related themes: Unbeatable Bones, Fuel for Life or Farm to Plate.

Arts Teacher Ian Bosch said they chose the Unbeatable Bones theme, as many children were not having enough calcium every day.

“The program will tie in with our classroom nutrition education, teaching children about the importance of the five food groups, including dairy foods for good health and wellbeing,” he said.

As part of the program, the school must also complete a class-learning journal that documents everything they have learnt.

From each participating region, a winning school is then selected and awarded a cash prize.

Dairy Australia has also provided buckets of brushes and paint to help the students learn about where their food comes from.

The students have 12 weeks to decorate their cow.

The program began in 2008 and schools are selected by the Dairy Australia to participate.