Quarry Bay School Zoo
A how to guide....
Our pet family is largely rescued from the SPCA.
How it works
Students get the opportunity to care for the animals over the weekends and school holidays.
As it is a big responsibility we ask that parents contact the school via the Gateway and animals are 'booked' on our Learning Platform.
Only the lead teachers have access to the spreadsheet to avoid confusion and pets are administered on a Friday afternoon with clear instructions and care booklets.
Their jobs include feeding, changing water, helping with cleaning out cages, keeping general Zoo area tidy, instructing the younger student body on how to hold, pet and care for the animals.
Vets and Zookeepers are on duty during break and lunchtimes to assist with the care and handling of the animals particularly as the zoo is extremely popular with the younger students.
A parent volunteer comes in to thoroughly clean the cages twice a week.
Benefits to Children
For some it has removed their fear of living things, others have never had the chance to hold or touch an animal before. Many students whose parents cannot allow them to own a pet have experienced the joy of a weekend visitor.
We have a variety of animals which means that all students have the chance to foster an animal that suits their home environment ( reptiles for students with fur allergies, small hamsters for those in small apartments).
The zoo has sustained in popularity, increased in animals and benefited the whole school community.