It was animals galore for Year 5 at St Bertie’s last week when they visited Downchester Zoo. After a morning meeting lots of different animals, the children got the chance to get up-close with a giraffe.
22nd May 2019 — Pupils at St Bertie's had a once in a lifetime opportunity last week when they were able to feed a giraffe. During the school's annual visit to Downchester Zoo, pupils came face to face with George, a ten-year old giraffe who enjoys being fed vegetables by visiting children.
'It was epic!’ said Tom, a Year 2 pupil from St Bertie's. 'The giraffe came right up close to us and we could see its teeth.'
'I wasn't scared!' said Katie, a Year 3 pupil. 'George was so friendly and nice - we wanted him to come home with us and live at school but Mrs Jones said the Governors wouldn't like it.'
Pupils from St Bertie's make the annual trip to Downchester Zoo as part of the school’s termly programme of enrichment studies which incorporate pupil suggestions, fed through from the monthly Pupil Council. The trips aim to highlight important cultural, social and environmental issues which enrich the pupils' learning, outside the classroom.
St Bertie’s, which is set in the heart of the small market town of Upminster, has a thriving pre-prep, educating boys and girls from reception. Other recent trips have included a theatre visit, a day at a Roman villa and a museum trip to London.
Head Mrs Katherine Jones said pupils found the zoo trip extremely rewarding. ‘The pupils returning buzzing with excitement,’ she said. ‘It is always a delight to take a group to Downchester and to give them the opportunity to see such an amazing collection of animals at first hand.’
Mrs Rachel Brown, the manager of Downchester Zoo said: 'We love welcoming St Bertie's pupils to Downchester. It is always a delight to see them and they ask lots of excellent questions. We try to show them a wide range of animals and talk in detail about the importance of conservation and helping endangered wildlife.’