Have you ever wanted to see a real life shearer in action? Well last week the students of Croppa Creek public school got the chance to visit Golonga shearing shed to see a shearer shear some sheep (try saying that 10 times quickly).
Here is some of the information we learned:
Georgia Year 5
Do you like sheep? The Croppa Creek public school students were able to go to Golonga Shearing shed. Some students got to have a go at the rouseabouts job while others watched a shearer shear some sheep.
After we went outside to have a look at the shed from the outside. We went all around the shed. Once we’d been outside the shed we went through the middle of it and went through some of the yards. All the students were pretending to be sheep or lambs.
Did you know that there is an oil in the sheep’s wool called lanolin ( which is also good for your hair and hands). Some of the sheep’s wool is not sold that is called the belly wool that is usually shorn first.
Millie Year 4
Sheep wool is very oily the oil is called lanolin oil.
Wool is dirty and has lots of burrs in it.
The skirting job is where you take out the burrs.
The Rouseabout job is where you the shearing shed floor clean.
Oliver Yr 5
What I found most interesting was the wool had oil in it called Lanolin Which makes the Sheeps wool waterproof. What was also interesting was it that the shearer didn’t use the belly wool when making a product. When they let me have a go of throwing the wool lets just say that it didn’t go so well, most of the wool all bundled up together.
Dominic Year 4
We went to a shearing shed on Thursday it is a experience I will remember forever. I like the rouseabout. He or she throws the wool out from Clean to dirty It cost me when it is good it is It is very nice and soft and I got take some home We got the chance to sort the wool out and we got to skirt the wool one of the shearers cut the sheep it was bleeding when he was finished we saw the blood
Marshall Yr 4
Do you know wool has lanolin oil in it and it has dirt and burrs. The shearer starts at the tummy so they can let the way up and down. They chuck the wool up on the table.
Shyan Yr 3
On Thursday the 14th last week the students went to a shearing shed at Golonga.the Thik stuff is more money thina stuff in the. Students got to jump in wool are you is called. got to sweep up the wool that is cold roustabout
What a wonderful authentic learning opportunity for our students today as we visited the sheep shearing at Golonga. The students thoroughly enjoyed the visit and we would like to thank Rowan and Meg Tighe for hosting the visit. It was a great way to launch our Archibull Prize project.