DOZENS of children celebrated the “rural lifestyle” at Thornbury Primary School’s Pet Day this week.
Students brought their pets which they dressed up in costumes such as “All Lamb” (a lamb wearing an All Blacks uniform), a princess and even a spider.
During the day, children took part in competitions like lamb drinking, fancy dress and young farmers.
Thornbury Primary School pupil Talia Raines (10) said it was her favourite day of school because she could bring her “baby” lamb Louis to meet her friends.
“It’s very fun and everyone puts different costumes on their lamb. It’s so funny.”
She used clothes she wore when she was a baby to dress Louis.
Ashton North (11) agreed with his fellow pupil and said this event was one of his best days at school.
However, he had different reasons.
“The best part is we don’t need to do homework,” he said.
Principal Kay Teviotdale said the day was a celebration of the Thornbury community.
“It’s a celebration of rural – everything rural. We had kids doing crafts, bringing along the animals, talking to the judges about the care of the animals. It’s a great and fun experience.”
During the event, she awarded 11-year-old pupil Ahi Asher with the inaugural Rayleen Davis Memorial Trophy as “The Pet Day Ambassador”.
The prize was to honour ex-teacher Rayleen Davis who was passionate about animals, farming and rural activities.
Mrs Teviotdale said coincidentally Ahi was one of the children in Rayleen’s last class at Thornbury School.
“Ahi showed the true spirit of celebrating pet day. She was a kind ‘mother hen’ to the younger children in her agri-kid group. A wonderful role model.”
The young girl was pleased.
“I love animals. I don’t know yet what I want to do when I grow up – but I do know I want to work with animals. So it is really cool to get this prize.”