Cow chow gives kids food for thought

There has been a bovine invasion in Tamworth, with a herd of life-sized fibreglass cows delivered to local primary schools and ready to be transformed into works of art. 

HOW NOW WHITE COW: Westdale student Tarnee Witton sits on Westdale’s Picasso cow while fellow Year 6 students Rashinda McKee, Brendan Daniels, Ebonie Abra, Jasmine Wernhard and Madilyn Chenoweth get ready to paint. 
Photo: Gareth Gardner 120814GGD02

HOW NOW WHITE COW: Westdale student Tarnee Witton sits on Westdale’s Picasso cow while fellow Year 6 students Rashinda McKee, Brendan Daniels, Ebonie Abra, Jasmine Wernhard and Madilyn Chenoweth get ready to paint. Photo: Gareth Gardner 120814GGD02

Students across the region have been gifted the cows through Dairy Australia’s Picasso Cows program, which aims to teach children the nutritional value of dairy while allowing them to flex their creative muscles. 

“It’s about teaching kids the importance of eating and drinking dairy every day – that tends to drop off in high school, so we’re trying to tackle that at a primary-school level,” Westdale art teacher Sarah Overeem said. 

Attunga Primary school students were happy to take some time out of school to decorate the cow and learn how milk, cheese and yoghurt are made. 

With bright, buttercup yellow as a base, Attunga principal Shellie Tancred said their cow – Attungabell – would be something of a diva, with fake eyelashes, hair and red lips still to come. 

“She’s udderly gorgeous,” Miss Tancred said. 

Attunga will decorate their cow in the “Unbeatable Bones” theme, while Westdale have opted for the “Farm to Plate” option and will combine two designs from Year 6 students Dykota Hammond and Jordan Brooks. 

Westdale students sold templates at 50 cents apiece to enter a competition to design their cow, with proceeds donated to World Vision in the hopes of buying a real cow for a poverty-stricken community. 

Both schools look forward to showing off their creations and giving them a home on the school grounds. Somerton Public, Tamworth Public, Timbumburi Public, Walcha Central and Tintinhull Public schools will also be painting blank bovines into colourful cows.

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