Pupils cluck over new chick­ens

Role swap pupils run school

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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.

To ap­ply for one of the Tyran­nosaurus Pecks, and Ken, also known as Ken­tucky Fried Chicken.

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

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