Milk theme of camp, farm visit by pupils

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The year 2 pupils at Gore Main School had a unique experience when they went glamping last week.

The children won a trip to a Fonterra dairy farm when they won the Milk For Schools competition earlier this year.

Teacher Sarah McKenzie said the class stayed overnight in big tents on Thursday night on Blair McKenzie’s farm in Kapuka.

The children learned where the Milk For Schools, which is provided to many primary schools nationwide, came from and the process it went through, Miss McKenzie said.

“They went to the milking shed and watched the cows being milked,” she said.

Some pupils even named some of the cows.

There were two special visits made to the farm while they were there.

Hokonui radio host Luke Howden interviewed the children on air about their experience, and parent and Fonterra worker Blair Young was there in a Fonterra Milk For Schools tanker, Miss McKenzie said.

“The kids got to hop in the milk tanker.”

For some children just being on a dairy farm was a new experience.

been on a farm before.”

It was the first overnight trip the class had had, she said.

“It was a big deal to take 6-year-olds on an overnight trip but they were really well behaved.”

Jump . . . Gore Main School pupils Ashley Newland (left) and Paige Harris (both 6) compete in a sack race during their glamping trip last week. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

On Friday the children were given a tour of the Fonterra factory in Edendale.

“They were the first kids to tour the factory because usually you have to be over 15.”

The children were able to see milk powder being packed and learn about the machines used in the factory.

“It was a big learning experience for the kids. They loved the fact that it was so special and they were the only kids in the South Island that got to do it.”

The children had enjoyed the whole experience, from camping in the big tents to the factory trip, Miss McKenzie said.