A NORTH Dorset primary school had a very special visit after placing as runners up in a national competition.

St Gregory’s Church of England Primary School in Marnhull, received a surprise visit from Amoolia the Cool Milk cow as a special reward for their World School Milk Day efforts.

The school was chosen as runner up in a national competition run by Cool Milk on World School Milk Day, which involves 30 countries across the world and promotes the import-ance of drinking milk at school.

As a reward for their efforts, Amoolia visited the school and kick started the Christmas festivities in a fun and memorable fashion.

Pupils received a special Cool Milk Show assembly, explaining where milk comes from and the health benefits of drinking milk at mid-morning break.

After the assembly Amoolia visited classrooms to hand out free milk to almost 150 pupils at the school.

Mr McMorrin, deputy head teacher of St Gregory’s Church of England Primary School, said: “Everyone was incredibly excited when they found out we had won a visit from Cool Milk.

“The children loved finding out more about where milk comes from and it’s a huge thanks to the friendly team at Cool Milk, who joined in with our activities, as well as bringing along Amoolia, their very own frisky Friesian.

“The children loved her and her playful antics really brightened the day for everyone.

“We had a great time celebrating World School Milk Day, as being in the heart of the Blackmore Vale Area of Dorset, the Blackmore Vale Dairy gave us ‘Milli’ the Cow for the day and children enjoyed milking her.

“Children also enjoyed listen-ing to two of our local dairy farmers and had fun learning about the importance of milk in their diet.

“Classes made milkshakes, smoothies and our Reception children made some delicious cottage cheese.

“When we sent our photos to the World School Milk Day competition it was more about sharing how we had embraced the day.

“Winning this visit was a really lovely bonus.”

John Sedgwick, managing director of Cool Milk, says: “I’m delighted to see schools such as St Gregory’s embracing the spirit of World School Milk Day.”