Guinea Pigs at Warranwoood

It’s Guinea Be a Great Day at Warranwood Primary School!

There has been a buzz (or should we say squeak!) around Warranwood Primary School recently and it’s all centred around the new Peruvian Guinea Pigs the school students have in their classrooms in Years 5 and 6.

It’s Guinea Be a Great Day at Warranwood Primary School!

There has been a buzz (or should we say squeak!) around Warranwood Primary School recently and it’s all centred around the new Peruvian Guinea Pigs the school students have in their classrooms in Years 5 and 6.

A Peruvian Guinea Pig is a fancy cavy, noted for its extra-long hair with rosettes.

What started as a plan to have 3 guinea pigs across the Senior School soon blossomed into a herd of ‘piggies’ due to their increased popularity. Inside each Year 5 and 6 classrooms is a big guinea pig enclosure made by the teachers at the school.

The Warranwood Primary School students have shown tremendous responsibility, organisation and care in the day-to-day looking after their new companions. Students have been fully in charge of ensuring the guinea pigs have plenty of fresh water, food and vegetables each day to maintain a healthy diet. A team of students are also responsible for maintaining the luscious coats of fur and of course cleaning the cages to ensure they remain in immaculate condition. The guinea pigs are even given a fortnightly bath by the students to ensure they are smelling at their finest!

Having a classroom pet has allowed students to feel even more comfortable in their learning and has added to the already positive atmosphere that has been created across the school. Students take it in turns in small groups to look after the guinea pigs at recess and lunch times and they have become very tame and popular with kids across all age groups of the school checking out what all the fuss is about. Many families of the school and local community come up over the weekend to enjoy the guinea pigs and watch their amazing nature.

Teachers have noted that having a classroom pet has enriched the classroom experiences, stimulated learning even further and has taught students a sense of responsibility and commitment. They have also been a real success in increasing the emotional and mental growth of all students.

Billy, a Year 6 student, stated that the guinea pigs make him really happy to come to school and they make him feel good when he is down.

Lucy, a Year 5 student, stated that the guinea pigs make her happy, they make her safe and she just loves coming to school. She cares for the guinea pigs and they have taught her tremendous responsibility.

Grace stated that the guinea pigs give a sense of importance and a real purpose in taking care of them.