Cheese connoisseurs

Circular Head Christian School students Emily Gyldenholm (left) and Jasmine Bailey with DairyTas’ MaryAnn Hortle at the ‘Cows Create Careers – Camembert in the Classroom’ presentation day where camembert cheese made by local schoolchildren was judged. (Below) Isobel Walter (left) and Chloe Williams’ cheese was named best for Circular Head Christian School. They are pictured with chief judge, Dairy Australia’s Russell Smith.

Presentation. From dabbling with live bacterias and moulds in the classroom to a regional awards day, local science students have been involved in the cheesemaking process from start to finish.

Grade nine and 10 students at Circular Head Christian School have successfully completed Dairy Australia’s ‘Cows Create Careers – Camembert in the Classroom’ program over the past term, making their own camembert cheese and completing assessment tasks, including a multimedia advertisement addressing ‘Why dairy is an important part of our diet’.

Fifteen schools across the north-west region participated in the program, which aims to introduce both teachers and students to the Australian dairy industry, dairy processes and products.

Teachers were trained to make camembert by program presenter and Australian Grand Dairy Awards deputy chief judge, Russell Smith, then were able to pass the knowledge on to students in the classroom.

The program culminated in an awards presentation in Devonport last Thursday, to have their classroom-made product judged based on taste, texture and visual appeal.

While students from Exeter High School and Hellyer College claimed the winning cheese and runner up titles respectively, a 90-second multimedia advertisement created by CHCS students Emily Gyldenholm, Daria Reeve and Jacqui Lumsden was named the best among the schools.

Their efforts have won the school $250 in prize money to be put towards an end of year camp for the Advanced Science students.

Camembert made by Isobel Walter and Chloe Williams was acknowledged as the best of the school’s entries.

“We had a great time making all those wonderful cheeses and presenting them,” Circular Head Christian School Advanced Science teacher Melanie van Zyl said.

“The students made us very proud of their achievements and behaviour on the day.”

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