Tanker visit helps fill up knowledge

St Mary’s School pupils had the chance to get up close to a Fonterra milk tanker during a visit to the school last week.
Fonterra representatives Phillipa Rogers and Corey Woodrow were at the school on Tuesday as part of the school’s Paddock to Plate inquiry.
Pupils had the opportunity to ask questions about how milk was transported from farm to factory.
Room Kereru teacher Lynne Knowler said the school had visited farms in Gore, Tuturau, Otama, Kaiwera and Edendale to see how the operations work.
They also visited Edendale Butchery, Retro Organics, Vet South and Sgt Dan Stockfoods throughout the year.
‘‘We are seeing how things get from the paddock to the plate,’’ Mrs Knowler said.
The inquiry began at the start of the year and will continue next term.
Room Kereru pupils said it was a fun visit.
The pupils went in the truck and sat in the cab.
They also learnt how the milk is tested before it goes into the factory and how it gets from the vat into the tanker.
St Mary’s School principal Annie Nelson said it was great to have community working with schooling in a rural sense.
The visit helped the pupils understand where food comes from.
Mrs Nelson said the Paddock to Plate inquiry was popular in other schools throughout the area but St Mary’s had extended it during the year.
‘‘For the first time for us, we’ve taken it for a whole year,’’ she said.

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