Hoxne pupils join global celebrations of World School Milk Day

St Edmunds Primary School in Hoxne were celebrating world milk day  Pictured: Erin Benton McGregor, Ellen Davis and Millie Foreman ANL-160928-162831009
St Edmunds Primary School in Hoxne were celebrating world milk day Pictured: Erin Benton McGregor, Ellen Davis and Millie Foreman ANL-160928-162831009

Milk matters - so much so that children in Hoxne joined with thousands of others in more than 30 countries to mark the 17th annual World School Milk Day.

For the first time in its history, St Edmund’s Primary School took part in this global celebration on Wednesday, staging various activities for the pupils and their parents to help highlight the health benefits of international school milk programmes.

The children sampled several varities of milk, including goat and coconut, while also learning about the different animals which produce it, and the school is planning a future trip to local farms in order to find out more about the milking process.

Lakeisha Mansfield, school reception teacher, said: “The children are quite excited about it, having parents in and learning about where milk comes from.

“I think it is because we value having milk as part of a healthy diet. We thought it would be great for the children to be included in that.”

The UK is currently part of the Nursery Milk Scheme and the EU School Milk Scheme, offering free and subsidised milk to schoolchildren.