Ysgol San Sior’s business ‘Wyau San Sior’ has gone from strength to strength and is proving to be very successful. “We make £160 profit each month, that’s after all our outgoings. Every child from the nursery through to year 6 have had a part in the project. Every class has hatched chicks. Each week, a different class has what is known as ‘Wythnos Ieir’ (Chicken Week) where the teachers adapt their planning to drive standards in literacy and numeracy,” added Ian.
This year has proven to be an exciting one for the school as ‘Wyau San Sior’ was launched at the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre Farm Shop at Easter.
The school had always had a flock of hens, granted not on the current scale and decided one day to hatch some eggs, quickly it was realised that these could be sold to parents and now the school has 17 breeds providing eggs to the local community.
How successful this project has become can be measured by simply comparing egg production between 2013 and this year. In April 2013, 56 eggs were produced in one week yet this year during the first week of April, an incredible 408 eggs were produced!
The number of pupils taking part in the project is also high. A whole school project has seen 240 children take part although year 6 pupils have taken the lead for the project. Links have been developed with the local community through the work of the pupils. Having initially had a target set to produce 100 eggs a week, the school are now producing over 400 each week and incredibly, all are sold by mid day to the local community.
“The children have represented the school several times and spoken in front of large audiences showing what can be done from egg to pounds! Their confidence and enthusiasm has carried this project,” added Ian.
A project that has now become embedded within the school and set to continue for some time to come, Wyau San Sior has shown the huge benefits of promoting sustainability to pupils. It has been described as ‘sector leading’ with many schools having visited San Sior in recent months and pupils even spoke a secondary school conference.
The school was awarded ‘Best Primary Enterprise in Wales 2014’ where Llyr Gruffydd said: “In my three years as an Assembly Member this has been one of the most inspirational visits I’ve undertaken. It’s obvious that from the head to the youngest child has bought into the idea of San Sior as an eco-school and in conserving energy and developing renewables.”
And now Ysgol San Sior can add the Green Schools Sustainability Project Award to its growing collection. A successful, sustainable project impacting on both the school and wider community; a hugely deserving winner of this Community Education Award.