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French connection for moo-ving project

A legen-dairy icon arrived at Dardanup Primary School last week as part of an initiative by Dairy Australia.

The Picasso Cows program invites primary schools around the country to take part in a 12-week program which teaches primary school students about the Australian dairy industry.

Sitting outside the administration office at Dardanup Primary School, the white, life-sized fibreglass cow has already been named.

“The students decided to name the cow Dairy Antoinette as they have been studying French history and the revolution with French teacher, Madame Scott,” deputy principal Malena Cahill said.

“Students from kindergarten through to Year 6 will each play a part in decorating the cow, with each classroom studying something that links in with the project.

“The kindergarten and pre primary students are learning about cows and milk production while the Year 1 students are looking at the farm to plate concept.

“Year 2/3 students have been reviewing the history of dairy in the South West, Year 3/4s are studying the process of milk production through technology and Year 5/6 students are creating a business plan centred around dairy.”

Mrs Cahill said the school decided to take part in the program due to Dardanup’s history.

“Dardanup was predominantly a dairy industry before it became known for its wineries,” she explained.

“I think this is a fun, artistic project that helps students appreciate the dairy industry and all of the jobs involved.”

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