Paterson and Clarence Town students win national dairy competition

Clarence Town Public School's gold winning artwork.
Clarence Town Public School's gold winning artwork.

In the dairy world, Clarence Town Public School and Paterson Preschool have been dubbed the cream of the crop.

The two schools wowed judges at Dairy Australia's national education program, Picasso Cows.

The program teaches students about the importance of Australia's dairy industry, and also challenges primary school students to find their inner Picasso, decorating a life-size fibre-glass cow.

Silver: Paterson Preschool's fibreglass cow 'Blossom" earned the junior artists silver in a national competition aimed at increasing awareness of the dairy industry.

Silver: Paterson Preschool's fibreglass cow 'Blossom" earned the junior artists silver in a national competition aimed at increasing awareness of the dairy industry.

Despite an uncertain year, the students at both schools wowed this year's judges, with Clarence Town claiming first prize and Paterson Preschool taking the second prize.

"Picasso Cows is a wonderful opportunity to complete an engaging program that educates children about the importance of the dairy industry, as well as the importance of dairy consumption for their own health and well-being, said Tash Greig from Clarence Town Public School.

"Our cow, Claraline, has become a masterpiece to display all of the new knowledge, learning and hard work that has occurred throughout the duration of the program."

The judges were "delighted" with the calibre of the Paterson preschool's creation.

"Blossom is just exquisite and she looks amazing with her designs, flowers, grass and beauty," said the judge's notes.

"There is no doubt that the students achieved a high degree of enjoyment and that their engagement in learning was significantly enhanced by participating in the program."

Paterson Preschool teacher Susan Chand said Blossom had become a class favourite.

"With access to age-appropriate learning resources, our students have learnt so much including where milk comes from and the importance of dairy consumption," she said.