Mulgildie State School's Jayden Cowan and Melissa Birch learned about nutrition on a supermarket tour of Monto IGA during the Big Day Out on Friday.
Mulgildie State School's Jayden Cowan and Melissa Birch learned about nutrition on a supermarket tour of Monto IGA during the Big Day Out on Friday. Emily Smith

Dancing up a storm at Monto's Big Day Out

ANN Faulkner said there was no way she could have expected the gourmet dining she enjoyed on a two week cruise to continue when she got home to Monto.

But as she judged the Masterchef-style cooking competition during the Monto primary schools' Big Day Out last Friday, she said the dishes were just as good, if not better, than on the fancy cruise-ship.

More than 130 children from Abercorn, Mulgildie, Monto and St Therese's Primary Schools enjoyed a day jam-packed full of activities including supermarket tours, dancing lessons, body image talks, cooking, CPR and police talks.

Anita Salisbury has organized the event for the last six years, and said while they always have the police, dancing and CPR training they try to highlight the big issues in kids health every year.

"The supermarket tour through IGA was designed to try and help the kids become more aware of what they are eating, childhood obesity is a real problem at the moment," she said.

"Then they have the Masterchef cooking competition, and have to make balanced meals with everything from the food pyramid on the plate."

Queensland Miss Showgirl for 2013-2014 Donna Baker was a favourite for the kids, and taught them body image, body language and conversation skills.

"We had to get up in front of people and try to sell stuff, it was heaps of fun," Mitch Salisbury said.

Mrs Salisbury said she first got the idea for the event because she wanted to bring all the children in the community together.

"It's all about the kids, it's a great opportunity for them to make new friends from other schools and learn some new skills to help them in life," she said.

The day ended with a 137-pupil strong dancing lesson, led by local teacher Melissa Hill.

"Dancing really helps kids with co-ordination, especially when I'm teaching them because I'm left-handed," she said.

"They seem to love it every year, but I probably have more fun than they do!"


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