Thumbs-up choices, feelgood trees and wellness walls – pupils at St Patrick’s NS, Trim, are as familiar with these concepts as they are with their daily carton of milk, which comes courtesy of the School Milk Scheme.
Four senior students from the 60-pupil school won the Moo Crew School Milk Jingle competition, with their ‘Milky Delight’ jingle after going head-to-head with seven other primary schools recently.
National schools participating in the scheme were invited to write a poem, jingle, song or Limerick about why they love school milk. Children responded with entries titled ‘Mmm Milk’, ‘Dairy’ and ‘Milk Is Good for You!’ They also participated in a live 2FM Breakfast Republic dairy quiz during National School Milk week in February.
Pupils on the winning team, Megan Lennon, Ella Thompson and Holly and Beth Brady came up with the jingle: ‘Such a treat in taste and sight/for everyone loves this milky delight/when you have it, it fills your tummy/no complaining because it’s so yummy/Moo Me, Vitamin D, Calcium is good for me/Moo Me, Vitamin D, calcium is good for me.’
Megan, 12, says her team got inspiration from the Moo Crew website, while classmate Holly loves milk, drinks it at small break and liked the competition because she “learned all the things in milk – like Vitamin D”.
The aim of the School Milk Scheme is to increase consumption of milk and milk products among schoolchildren – open to all schools, children get a portion of milk daily which counts towards one of their recommended daily servings from the milk/yogurt/cheese food group. “About half of our pupils take up the scheme,” says teacher Trevor Clarke.
In recent years, St Patrick’s NS has placed large focus on nutrition and wellbeing. “We do a lot of work on mindfulness. We started a ‘wellness wall’ this year. It’s at the front of the school in the main entrance hallway.
Ideas on the wellness wall are inspired by questions like: How can we help one another feel better? How can we respond to challenges? How can we do something differently instead of saying ‘I can’t’?
Teachers have explored feelgood trees with the children – ways to help themselves/others feel good – and thumbs-up choices: how they can choose positive stuff, e.g. exercise, reading, talking.
Prizes won by the team include a Moo Crew Dairy Day in their school and €1,000 voucher for school sports equipment. Visit www.moocrew.ie; phone National Dairy Council on 01 290 2451.