Children at Cheltenham Prep have
recently welcomed some very special arrivals - 4 Large White /
Gloucestershire Old Spot cross pigs. The new arrivals are part of a growing
farming club led by the Headmaster, Jon Whybrow. Boarders and pupils
with an interest in animals are encouraged to carry out daily tasks, such as
feeding and mucking out, whilst being educated in agriculture and the food
Mr Whybrow commented: “Having the pigs and other animals in school is a
great opportunity to educate children regarding food and where it comes from.
I’m always delighted to see how the children interact and take on
responsibility. Often it is the quieter pupils who, when given this
opportunity, begin to flourish."
When asked regarding naming the pigs, Mr Whybrow
responded: “The pigs won’t be named in this instance. It’s
important to reinforce the boundaries and distinction between livestock animals
The pupils have been involved from the start and
attended Cirencester Market just over a week ago to purchase the piglets. In
the last few days, the school have also been given a small flock of laying hens to
add our embryonic small holding.
Among the comments from the children were:
"I like feeding the pigs and checking that they have water and looking after them." - Uliana (Y4)
"You can watch them and they are funny when they root around in the mud." - Victor (Y3)
"We can learn a lot about how they need mud to stop sunburn and what they can eat." - Piers (Y6)