The chance to feed lambs and ride horses gave Outram School
pupils a break from arithmetic yesterday as children and
their parents enjoyed the school's pet day at the Outram
More than 100 pupils had pets in tow, ranging from goats to
Horses, calves, lambs, dogs and chickens were also paraded by
A few rain showers early in the day were replaced with
sunshine and the event was a success, organiser and Outram
School teacher Lynda Bayne said.
The pet day had been held every two years since 2001 and
continued to get bigger each time, she said.
''Our school roll is about 250 and we had two preschools come
along as well.''
It generated a few thousand dollars for the school, and gave
some pupils the opportunity to raise funds for camps.
But the main motivation was to provide a bit of fun for
pupils, school staff and the wider community, Mrs Bayne said.
Gumboot and tyre-throwing entertained adults while pets were
judged. Lunchtime entertainment included music and dance from
pupils, and a grand parade preceded animal competitions such
as feeding lambs.
A new feature of this year's pet day was a young farmer of
the year competition, which had pupils shifting hay bales,
putting up fences and displaying other rural skills.