THE PROCESS: Maree Mather from PGG Wrightson shows Paroa students wool in various stages of processing. Photos Troy Baker D8541-03

STUDENTS from Te Kura o te Paroa were given a lesson on the production, uses and unique properties of wool this week.

The Wool Shed, an interactive portable classroom in a converted six metre shipping container, has been set up at the school since May 27 and open to children from all Eastern Bay schools. It is part of the Wool in Schools programme, set up by the Campaign for Wool New Zealand Trust with the support of PGG Wrightson.

The free resource supports learning across technology, maths, science, economics, and the English curriculum areas.

“Wool is an amazing fibre and has many unique and wonderful properties that our younger generation are generally unaware of,” says Rick Powdrell from the Campaign for Wool NZ Trust.

“An example of this, is the role that New Zealand wool plays at the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Wool has good crimp characteristics, meaning it has more bounce.

“Once felted and attached to a rubber ball, and after being tested for bounce, compression and weight, it can become an official Wimbledon match ball.”