Hen Diary December
5th Class were flat to the mat in November preparing for the arrival of chickens and the beginning of the egg business. Mr. O’Donnell has a background in farming while Mr. Ó Braonáin is an expert in marketing, so, between them they organized the class in groups to get started.
Group 1 Regulations (English Procedural Writing)
Letter to District Vet
Group 1 were in charge of writing to the Co. Meath District Veterinarian to call to the school to assess the grounds and henhouse in advance of the arrival of the chickens. The school also needs to register as a flock owner in case of an outbreak of avian flu or other bird disease, which could affect human health.
Group 2 Letter to Hen Eggspert Margaret Farrelly (English Procedural Writing)
Letter to Egg Company group
Group two had to research the O’Egg company. It was founded by Margaret Farrelly on the Meath Cavan border. She began with a dozen hens and now produces millions of eggs annually. The pupils wrote to her to invite her to visit the school to give advice on running an egg business.
Group 3 Creative Department (English Media Studies, Visual Arts Drawing)
Possible Hen Company Names and Creative Department
Group three were charged with brainstorming possible company names, slogans and pictures for the company. They used some pictures of egg companies to get them started and listed their own ideas. One pupil then listed all the possibilities. In our next lesson we will narrow the options down
Group 4 Advantages of Hens and Bird Sayings (English Writing and Science Living Things)
Advantages of Hens and Bird Sayings
Group number four listed the advantages of having chickens in school and also created a list of phrases involving hens and birds such as flying on one wing, the pecking order, bird brain and birds of a feather, flock together.
Group 5 Accountancy Department (Maths Number)
Hen Company Capital Start Up Costs and Egg Price Research
This group listed all the capital start up costs involved in the project and then broke them into two separate parts. They hope that the Parent Associate will fund one half of the costs and the Board of Management will fund the other. The groups will get a 10% stake in the company and be repaid in hen eggs and profits from the sale of eggs. They also researched the price of other egg companies. The price chosen was €2 per half dozen as our eggs will be coming from hens that will be well looked after, well fed and with plenty of room to eat outside.
PA Meeting (English Oral Language)
Hen Company Business Model and Pupil Pitch to PA
A number of the pupils entered the lion’s den of the Parent Association meeting to pitch for start up funding for their egg business this month. The Parent Association were very accommodating and didn’t bite! Well done to all the pupils. We await the PA’s formal response.
Many thanks to the following individuals and groups for their support with our project
Hen Diary November
The henhouse arrived onsite today and Davy and Mr. Ebbs have been very busy fencing the school garden for the arrival of the chickens. Pupils in 5th class are forming a company to manage the operation and they hope to sell the eggs. We are very fortunate to have a number of pupil eggsperts in the class who are leading the class in finding answers to all potential obstacles to the operation. Negotiations are underway with local hen and feed suppliers for top quality stock and a preferential rate for supplies. Parent David Redhouse has indicated that he is ready to enter negotiations with the class on an appropriate price for his chickens. Thank you to Deirdre Gorman for her donation of chicken wire and hay to get us going.