Cheese workshop helps teachers

CHEESY LESSONS: Monto teachers Andrew Wallis and Josh Cleary returned from Brisbane this week after learning the skill of making cheese.
CHEESY LESSONS: Monto teachers Andrew Wallis and Josh Cleary returned from Brisbane this week after learning the skill of making cheese.

TWO Monto State School teachers were acting a little cheesy last week.

Josh Cleary and Andrew Wallis travelled to Brisbane to participate in the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland Teachers' Cheesemaking Workshops.

Visual arts and senior hospitality teacher Josh said it was a great way for teachers to learn new skills.

"It was fantastic," he said.

"We had a day of making camembert cheese.

"It was really good because there was only eight of us in the class."

The teachers' cheesemaking program was aimed at combating survey results which found that just 53% of Year 6 students knew cheese could be made from a cow, sheep or goats milk.

Josh said the program meant the students could now learn different skills and the process of actually making the product.

"The idea is the teachers will try and get as many students as possible to enter the cheesemaking competition at the Ekka," he said.

"There were all different teachers at the workshops. There were agriculture, home economics and hospitality and even science and biology teachers."

Josh hoped to incorporate his newly developed skills in the second term.

"We are hoping to have a day were we teach them very similarly to how we were taught.

"Then hopefully we will have something edible by the end to send away for the competition," he said.

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