Pig pens and playgrounds
The pupils of West Rolleston Primary School (WRPS) welcomed two new school mates last week. They’re popular, they’re siblings and they’re kunekune pigs.
At feeding time, pupils rush down to Duncan and Pepper’s enclosure. A low fence allows them to reach over and give their new friends a scratch behind the ear or a pat on the back.
WRPS principal Sylvia Fidow said it had always been her dream to have animals at the school for the kids to interact with. She said her pupils were ‘‘stoked’’ to have the kunekune and it was all thanks to Rolleston’s Dan and Laura Clarke.
The Clarkes got the two as tiny piglets from the Leeston Fete a year ago but it became hard to keep them when the family moved to Rolleston. Their son Blake suggested they give the pigs to his school. Although they did not think it would happen, Dan said they put it out there to prevent the pigs being separated. When the school said they had no budget for an enclosure, the Clarkes stepped up to provide that too.
Dan and friend, Ben Stevenson, pitched in over ‘‘one good weekend’’ to build the enclosure and shelter for free at the back of the school. Excited pupils and parents rushed to see the pigs arrive when the 3pm bell rang last Monday, Laura said.
Fidow said the pupils would have a real opportunity to learn from caring for the kunekune.
Pepper the kunekune was quite an escape artist before reuniting with brother Duncan.