Pupils cluck over new chickens
Role swap pupils run school
BEECH Hall School pupils have welcomed some feathery friends into their community as part of an entrepreneurial programme.
Children at the school have worked hard to prepare themselves and their chicken coop for the arrival of eight new hens.
The dedicated pupils, also known as the Chicken Committee, will take responsibility for the birds themselves and raise them at the school.
The eggs will then be sold to the public to raise money for the hens’ continued care and upkeep.
As part of the new initiative pupils can sponsor the chickens for £5 per month, or 16p per day, money which will also go into the chicken fund.
The committee had great fun christening the chickens with names such as Sir Anthony Hotwings, Yolko Ono, STUDENTS at Tytherington School did such a good job on their first staff ‘Takeover Day’ that it is to become a regular event.
Pupils took on staff roles for the day, something that will now happen each term to help the students develop leadership skills.
With pupils applying for more than 100 jobs, from site team roles to the headmaster’s, headteacher Emmanuel Botwe has hailed the project a success.
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The birds were the brainchild of one of Beech Hall’s newest recruits, Harry Lyons, 14, an avid chicken breeder.
They were bought from him by the school and he has now become an essential part of teaching other pupils how to handle them.
Headteacher James Allen said: “The arrival of the chickens has been highly anticipated and the whole school has become involved with the project.
“The pupils really took some time thinking about what to call their hens and we have some truly hilarious and thoughtful names as a result.”
He added: “It is great to see the pupils taking the initiative to care for the animals and they are genuinely enjoying it.
“They will learn valuable skills by participating in this many roles, students had to fill in an application form about why they wanted to take over the specific role and what skills or qualities they possessed that would help them in the job.
Headteacher Mr Botwe said: “The school community has really embraced this opportunity and I will look forward to this event every term.
“It is lovely to see students from across the years challenging themselves by applying for jobs which will project which is a little bit out of the box but a great scheme for teaching them responsibility.” develop their confidence, responsibility and leadership skills both in and out of the classroom.
“Our staff are eager to see how students cope with everyday school life from a different perspective.”
The three students who were selected to take over the headteacher’s role briefed staff, visited classrooms and were interviewed by visiting pupils.
Ben Maw, year nine, said: “This has been an amazing experience and I wish I could do it again.”
●● Members of the Chicken Committee at Beech Hall School – Harry Lyons, Sam Thornton-West and Will Lea, all in year nine – with some of the hens
●● ‘Takeover’ pupils (from left) Ben Maw, Eva Locoh-Donov and Holly Mae Brockbank with head chef Mark Salt