Aparima College was the first school in the South Island to experience a new type of ‘wool shed,’ built to encourage the next generation to explore the unique qualities of wool, rather than taking it off the sheep’s back.

Initiated by the Campaign for Wool’s Wool in Schools project, and sponsored by PGG Wrightson, the wool shed comprises a shipping container fitted out with learning resources that support the curriculum for students across Science, Technology, Mathematics, Economics, History, English and Art.

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Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor congratulates Wool in Schools for opening their second educational container here in Riverton today.

I know the container in the North has been fully booked up with many requests for a replica in the South and it’s great to see those wishes answered so that more of our young and not-so-young Kiwis can get themselves fully informed on the potential in the wool sector.

One of my favourite facts from Wool in Schools is that Wimbledon’s tennis balls are made with New Zealand wool – known for its very good crimp factor which gives more bounce. There are so many unique ways to use wool – such as the wool boom that sucks up oil spills in oceans. Wool in Schools spans the entire educational curriculum – science, technology, arts, maths, economics. If we are to help New Zealand’s primary sectors get more value from what they do, to make the most of our unique natural advantages, we need to harness this type of innovation and tell our story.

Natural fibres like wool are good for the whole world and the more people that know that the better.

Damien O'Connor, Minister of Agriculture
Advocate South - The Woolshed

Aparima College students in the Wool Shed with Craig Smith, Cameron Davis and Lynne Grove (from third right).