This lamb, named Lucy, was found with a broken leg and her umbilical cord still attached, alongside the motorway by Joanne Quartermain. Joanne looked after her, including bottle feeding and sleeping alongside her. She tried to find the owner but was unsuccessful. The lamb, which has the spotted markings typical of the Jacob breed of sheep, was put through her paces at the Ag Day by Joanne’s daughter, Ellena. Painting your own pot to fill with impatiens was popular with the young ones including Year 2 Wainui School student Milly Dixon. This kid, Sooty, was considerably smaller than the rest, which owner Lexie Atkinson says is because the breed is part Arapawa and part Saanen.
Dozens of animals, including sheep, goats, calves, chickens and miniature horses gave Wainui School a farmyard atmosphere for its annual Ag Day and Country Fair on October 20.
The school community, and many visitors from around the Hibiscus Coast came to enjoy the stalls, food and entertainment – but the most fun was had by the children.
This year a total of $7500 was raised which principal Gillian Bray says will go towards learning resources.
She says the school’s Ag Day blends tradition with some of the students’ latest technology studies.
“We have the traditional elements of raising animals and bring in farmers from the district as judges. Classroom displays include arts and crafts, sand saucers and vegetable animals. Intermediate students tie the Ag Day into their Tech programme –a wooden toolbox carrier and an iPad case made from recycled jeans are among the items they made this year.”
The FOWS (Friends of Wainui School) group organised and ran the market day, the café and all the fun activities.
Silverdale School, Dairy Flat School and Waitoki School held their Agricultural-themed galas last weekend (Oct 28).