Yattendon School has bird box installed
A NEW feathered family has staff and pupils in a flap at Yattendon School.
A bird box, complete with video camera, was installed last month at the school in Oakwood Road, Horley. And this week, freshly laid eggs were found in the new nest.
The camera provides a live feed from inside the box during school hours, which allows students to see some of the things they learn about in action.
And the new installation has been a hit with even the school's most senior staff members.
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"It has generated a huge amount of excitement for the children and adults in the school," said deputy head teacher Guy Perkins.
The box was installed using funds from the Tesco voucher scheme, where students and parents collect vouchers which can be exchanged for computers or other items for their school.
The box, which was installed on the outside of the school building on March 19, now has four eggs in it.
But staff and students admit that, though they have seen the eggs thanks to the camera, they are not sure what type of bird laid them.
Teaching assistant Elaine Whiting, who pioneered the scheme, said: "We are not sure what bird it is. We thought it was a blue tit but one of our staff got her bird-watching book out and now we think it might be a great tit.
"It has been really fascinating to see how fast the bird found the box. Hopefully it is somewhere the birds will keep coming.
"A lot of children don't really get the opportunity to see how a bird goes about building its house. It is here for the children and their interest."
Children at the school have plans for naming the chicks once they hatch, with ideas ranging from lucky dips to naming them after the school's houses.
The youngsters also have an idea about what animals they would like next. Tom Kiernen, 11, said: "I want a tiger. The birds are good, they came quite quickly. Me and my friends normally sit there to see what has changed."
Head teacher David Cole added: "Part of the ethos we have at Yattendon is to give the children a rich and memorable learning experience.
"We thought this would be a lovely way for our children to enrich their learning."