Carols and cows a hit with kids
THE cattle really were lowing as Year 1 students at West Moreton Anglican College (WMAC) performed Carols with the Cows yesterday morning.
About 50 Year 1s donned farming and Christmas outfits and took to the hay-bale-and-ute-tray stage, while three of WMAC's prize Charolais show cattle - not to be outdone - wore tinsel, reindeer horns and red noses.
The children happily sang alongside beasts including 810kg gentle giant Jana, who towered above the pint-sized carollers.
Cattle in adjoining paddocks added moos and bellows to the chorus, drawing a few laughs from spectators.
Agriculture teacher Jason Beattie said the morning was a great way of celebrating the children's first year of school, as well as their involvement with the WMAC farm.
"It's great getting the kids involved. We've had the Year 1s come up here and help out a fair bit," Mr Beattie said.
"They know all about the chooks and goats, and have even helped out with washing the show cattle. "They're all very used to the animals now, and aware of how to behave around them."
Mr Beattie said the cattle had added a number of WMAC events to their annual showing routines.
"As well as being professional show cattle, they've also had their hair sprayed for Shave for a Cure, and this is about the fourth year they've been dressed up for Christmas," Mr Beattie said.
"The cattle don't mind at all. They're very used to having little children around."
WMAC's Bianca Coleburn said Carols with the Cows had become a popular tradition at the school.
"It's a fantastic morning. The parents and children really love it," Ms Coleburn said.