Teachers' pets

13 September 2018
The Education and Social Work Student Association (ESSA) President Holly Honeysett
The Education and Social Work Student Association (ESSA) President Holly Honeysett

Creature comforts was the theme of Stressless Week on Epsom Campus on Wednesday when Old Macdonald's Mobile Farm came to help students relieve pre-exam and end-of-year pressure.

Organised by the Education and Social Work Student Association (ESSA), Stressless Week involved the farm animals, as well as a colouring competition and free chocolate on Epsom Campus throughout the week. Students at the University of Auckland programme at Manukau received free upmarket pizzas on Thursday lunchtime. Tai Tokerau students are having a movie night featuring Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

ESSA President Holly Honeysett said the farm visit was a huge success - over 250 students and staff came to be with the animals, take selfies or have free sausages and hash browns. Two llamas, one Shetland pony, one miniature pony, three goats, two lambs and four rabbits were on hand for students to interact with.

"Animals are always a hit," Holly said. "It releases feel good chemicals to be with animals." She said the ESSA executive members were "very proud" of the event - "it's the most engagement we've had for years".

Plans are afoot for a student end-of-year November event.