Beef Week: WHS Junior Field Day

Monday May 12 at Top Farm, Wingham High School.

THE Wingham High School Field Day on Monday was an opportunity for primary school children to be shown by ag students of Wingham High the animals and processes of the school farm. Four schools attended this year including 25 interested students from St Joeys.

Jennifer James and Jade Irvine from St Joseph's Wingham enjoyed attending their first field day. As both girls live on properties they are already expert hands at handling animals. But at the field day these seasoned professionals still managed to pick up a tip or two. Washing Murray Grey 'Jasper' the pair not only learnt to wash a cow but learnt that standing close to a cow is safer than standing at a distance. "I didn't know that," said Jade. Jasper enjoyed being lathered up and hosed off a number of times throughout the day and will undoubtedly be the most beautiful in competition in the days ahead. Getting the opportunity to pat and brush lambs and be scratched by ducklings, "never touch a duck," made the day hands on fun for the students.

Teacher Chris Nesbitt had 17 students from Wingham Public School at the Field Day. Unfortunately the day clashed with a leader’s conference in Forster which claimed a large number of the school's year six students. The field day is open to students in years five and six, but at Wingham Public the day serves as a privilege for year six only and for those that did attend; Chris said it was a real eye opener for all concerned. "It has been great seeing the students work the cattle on the bottom farm," said Chris. "It's also so good for kids who don't come off the land, they have been fascinated with the tractor," he said.