Shelly our school tortoise has been with us at Seely for over 6 years now. He was a gift from one of the parent governors and a very excited Foundation Stage collected a tiny tortoise from White Post Farm one snowy December just before Christmas.
He is a Horsefield tortoise, with his family originating in the mountains of Afghanistan, Pakistan, through to Turkey and Albania. In the wild he would live in a cave, feeding on wild plants we would think of as weeds. Here, he enjoys dandelions, bramble leaves and kale.
The children love to care for him and enjoy observing him, especially at his bath time, both on visits to their classes and outside in the KS2 quad where he has a 'run'.
In school our Year 6 monitors take care of him.
At weekends and holidays we ask for volunteers and he goes to stay with one of our Seely families. The waiting list is very long as he is a very popular tortoise!
If you would like a visit from Shelly watch out for requests on our newsletters.
Please click HERE for information on how to care for Shelly if he was to come and stay with you.
Shelly enjoys his adventures visiting our families at weekends. The children love picking dandelions for him, help bathing him and watching him roam around.
See below Baby Shelly and his siblings at White Post Farm before he came to live with us here at Seely.