School hosts animal assembly

IT looked like an extravagant zoo enclosure, with donkeys, ponies, lizards and a 9ft Boa Constrictor among the exhibits.But the scene greeting staff and parents arriving at St Joseph's College in Ipswich yesterday morning was in fact a painstakingly organised Pet Assembly.

By Danielle Nuttall

IT looked like an extravagant zoo enclosure, with donkeys, ponies, lizards and a 9ft Boa Constrictor among the exhibits.

But the scene greeting staff and parents arriving at St Joseph's College in Ipswich yesterday morning was in fact a painstakingly organised Pet Assembly.

Teachers and staff at the college made the brave decision to allow children in the school's primary department to bring their beloved pets into school for a special morning assembly.


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The event was organised when children asked whether they could bring their animals into school during a meeting of the Junior School Council.

Not wanting to disappoint, school staff set to work on how they could pull off the request and swiftly carried out a risk assessment.

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The big day attracted more than 100 animals, which were all lined up under an oak tree in the school grounds.

The guests included African snails, hamsters, Shetland ponies, a three-legged cat, donkeys and a huge Boa Constrictor snake.

Dr Martin Hine, head of primary education at St Joseph's, said: “We feel very lucky the children trusted us to share the things that give them pleasure and delight and bring them into school. It was a very exciting day.”

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