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The Guinea Pigs



During Storm Ali in September 2018, Mr Hill's class came to the rescue when a bird nest was blown out of one of the oak trees on the school field. 

We didn't expect anybody to still be inside so we were very surprised to find a baby pigeon chick, named Peter by the children, still in the nest!  The children took care of him until he could be collected by Kelly, our talented PTA secretary, who took him home and has reared him to adulthood.

Peter now lives as a homing pigeon in Blackwell village and, in light of the role played by the children in rescuing him, is one of our honorary school pets!


Our Guinea Pigs, Gizmo and Barney, first came to live with us in 2017.  Since then, they have made such an impact in the school they even have a room named after them - their home, in the guinea pig room!

Gizmo and Barney are looked after by the children on a rota.  Each lunchtime, the guinea pig monitors make sure that there is enough food - and treats! - in the cage, and that the water dispenser is cleaned and re-filled.  Each week, their cage is cleaned out.

During weekends and school holidays, the guinea pigs are looked after by members of the school staff - we care very deeply for the welfare of our animals.

The children also make sure that Gizmo and Barney gets lots of love.  When they first arrived, they were very shy- now, they can't get enough attention!

Mr Hill's class have written an information leaflet about how to look after them, please click the link to read about it.


Meet our Pets

​At Blackwell Primary School we are very lucky to have a number of school pets!  All of our children have the chance to take part in the daily routines of making sure our pets are safe, well fed and in good health - and, most importantly, given lots of love! 

​The children are also given the chance to learn how to properly care for both our pets and other animals, have written guides and designed posters - please look out for our "pets" display in the guinea pig room to see some of our work.

Our new arrivals are currently top secret, but please keep watching for more details soon!