“Tretherras Tuesday” complete their BTEC qualification


Six Newquay Tretherras students have completed their BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Land Based Studies working with Newquay Zoo, Blue Reef Aquarium and many other local animal businesses.

The Year 11 students Shania, Will, Kellie, Charlie, Ryan and Harry collected their certificates from Newquay Zoo in the newly opened Gems of The Jungle Asian Bird Aviary after completing a uniquely designed BTEC animal care qualification.

The “Tretherras Tuesday” students attended on a Tuesday at Newquay Zoo in term-time once a month throughout 2015 to 2017, studying and undertaking different aspects of animal care such as animal accommodation and enclosure design, animal health and hygiene, safety in the workplace and care of small animals. The course was led by Tretherras teacher Mrs Kath Hales.

Education Officer Mark Norris, who worked with them throughout the two years said: “It has been great fun sharing the life of the Newquay Zoo with our Tretherras Tuesday students, both the behind the scenes insights of the building of new animal enclosures such as Gems of the Jungle whilst they have been studying here or the births of endangered animals.”

Mark added, “Our six Tretherras Tuesday students also took part in some of the less glamorous and repetitive tasks such as cleaning of animal enclosures.”

“Well done to all of them, we all wish them well with their exams and the rest of their studies.”

Lead Teacher of Applied Learning and Business Studies at Newquay Tretherras, Mr Dave Nicholls commented, “The animal care course which Newquay Zoo has been involved with has provided our students with an opportunity to gain a real insight into potential careers, which they might pursue in that field moving forwards. I’ve been really proud of all of the students, and how they have developed over the last two years. An enormous well done to all of the students involved, Mrs K. Hales for organising and leading the course and Newquay Zoo for hosting our students.”

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