Lyall Bay students recognised for Living Heritage site

School milk
Laurence Zwimpfer from the 2020 Trust, presents a Living Heritage certificate to one of the student creators of School Milk. (Photo: Eric Baker)

Seven year 5 and 6 students at Lyall Bay School received certificates at a special assembly held at the school today to recognise their efforts in creating the latest Living Heritage site.  The students chose the subject of School Milk and created a very informative site about the history of milk in New Zealand schools (the ‘then’) as well as today’s Fonterra-supported initiative (the ‘now’).  Lyall Bay School was the first school in Wellington to participate in the Fonterra Milk for Schools Scheme.   Students researched historical images from the Alexander Turnbull Library and interviewed teachers and others in their community who were able to recall their experiences in the 1950’s and 60’s as primary school students when milk was delivered to all schools.

School Milk is the 135th Living Heritage site to be created by New Zealand schools during the last 14 years. Living Heritage sites can be viewed on the web, but unlike normal websites they are locked down when students complete their projects and preserved by the National Library as part of New Zealand’s digital history.  Living Heritage project managers, Barbara and Eric Baker, attended today’s certificate presentations.  Laurence Zwimpfer from the 2020 Trust (and a milk monitor at Timaru South School in the 1950’s) presented the certificates.  A representative from Fonterra also attended.