Four 13-week-old piglets start at Rastrick school

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Four piglets have started at a Rastrick school.

The 13-week-old Saddleback piglets at William Henry Smith School will be raised to teach the students (and adults) the importance of ‘real’ food and where it comes from.

Most students and staff do eat meat and the schools wants to show the different processes of how meat arrives on the table.

Students will look at the complete cycle of getting food to the table following the process of animal husbandry to the slaughter process, the butchery process, the storage and financing it all.

Work has already been carried out in science lessons and students have been involved in discussions and debates about the concept of keeping pigs for meat.

A spokesperson for the school said: “Students have been very mature about the concept and are looking forward to keeping the pigs.”

The piglets are being kept in the school’s nature garden.

Any local shops that have unwanted vegetables and would be willing to donate them on a regular basis should contact them on 01484 710123.

The school is currently looking for sponsorship for pupil Josh Simpson who is preparing to climb 17,600 feet to the Mount Everest Base Camp and on to the Kala Patthar summit at 18,200 feet on October 7. He needs to find £3,000 in sponsorship for the cost of the trip and his kit.

Theschool also needs prizes for a raffle and auction for a fundraiser being held in Elland on October 4. Contact the school for more details.