Hills Adventist College: No bull, this is history

Farming message: Hills Adventist College's Archibull team designer Maryellen Fairfax (far right) with Jenna Wilson, Celine Breitenmoser, Aaron Takizad and Sophia Wakeling, who say the expression Australia rides on on the sheep's back inspired the design of their fibreglass cow Missy Moo. Picture: Mike Sea
Farming message: Hills Adventist College's Archibull team designer Maryellen Fairfax (far right) with Jenna Wilson, Celine Breitenmoser, Aaron Takizad and Sophia Wakeling, who say the expression Australia rides on on the sheep's back inspired the design of their fibreglass cow Missy Moo. Picture: Mike Sea

MORE than 40 per cent of year 10 students in Australia believe cotton comes from an animal.

But not the students at Hills Adventist College, who are participating in the Archibull prize — an initiative bridging the gap between city slickers and farmers by teaching the former about agriculture and where the nation's food comes from.

The college's Archibull team said they wanted to show the importance of supporting Australian farmers so future generations could enjoy local produce.

"The project has taught us that Aussie farmers are so important and they're the ones who provide us with what we need to survive," student leader Sophia Wakeling said.

"It's showed us how, if we didn't have farmers we wouldn't have any of the things we take for granted."

The project involves students using their artistic talents on a life-sized fibreglass cow following the theme What does it take to feed and clothe our community sustainably for a day?

Designer Maryellen Fairfax said they tried to visually represent the importance the development of the wool industry had in Australian history, with Missy Moo carrying a wool bale on her back.

As part of the project students met young farmers to gain knowledge about food, fibres they use and their environment and completed a blog.

The project's school co-ordinator, art teacher Daniel Williams, said it was a great way to use art to promote change in society.

■ Details: missymoo2012.blogspot.com.au/.