Students and staff from Vavenby Primary School visited Aveley Ranch on Friday, April 15.
It was a beautiful day for the outing. First they went on a hay ride. Then the students went into the orphan lamb pen where the children could pick up the lambs and cuddle them. The children were cautioned to be very gentle with them.
On their way to the museum to watch Fay Lutz spin wool, the students went around all of the different pens to see with ewes who had given birth – the pens holding moms and single lambs, the ones with twins, and the ones with triplets.
The class’ teacher Mrs. Ferris read aloud all of the information posted in various area.
The children did see a lamb in the suckling pen that had just been born and then they watched as its twin was born. Volunteer Mikaela, June Moilliet, and Valerie Gerber explained the birthing process and what the ewe did naturally after the lamb was born and why, and what the lamb did naturally.
The students already understood some of what they had seen and were not sickened by it as Ferris was reading June’s book “Jingles’ Adventures” to the class. June told them that when they had been on the hay ride Jingles was in the far field with her own lamb. Jingles was now a mom.
At the end of their visit many of the children decided that they wanted to be ranchers.
A number of school groups have been coming to tour the ranch. On Wednesday, April 13, there were 65 children present – the Clearwater Racoons and a homeschoolers’ group from Clearwater and Kamloops.
Telus installs fiberoptic
A Telus work group came to Vavenby on Monday, Apr. 11. Fiberoptic lines were being installed to the school so it would have high speed Internet.
The last date for crib in Vavenby until the fall will be Tuesday, April 26; for darts it will be Thursday, April 28. Both begin at 7 p.m. at the hall.
The next community potluck lunch at the Vavenby Christian Church will be on Wednesday, April 27, 11 – 2. There will be no community lunches after June until Oct.
Thompson-Nicola Regional District will be putting on two upcoming events. On April 27 at 7 p.m., there will be a community meeting at Vavenby Hall about what residents would like to see in the new playground.
On Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. there will be a community work-bee at the park. Hot dogs and refreshments will be provided.