THERE’S something distinctly fishy going on at one Rotherham secondary school.
Youngsters in Swinton are entering a whole new world of learning thanks to their amazing new aquaponics centre.
The development was officially opened by the students and the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, David Moody.
It is the first of its kind in a South Yorkshire school and will provide the opportunity for Swinton Community School students as well as other pupils in the area to learn all about fish and horticulture.
Youngsters will be able to breed koi carp and try their hand at growing plants.
Headteacher David Pridding said: “This is a great development for our school and really adds to the fantastic breadth of learning we can offer to our students.
“We want to ensure that these new facilities don’t just benefit our students.
“The offer to use it and develop other learning opportunities will extend to all schools, not just in our community but from across Rotherham.”
As well as creating opportunities across the curriculum, the new centre will also offer fish husbandry courses for a group of students to learn more about the industry.
The launch was also a big occasion for sixth-former Daniel Roberts.
The lucky student was picked to accompany the Lord Lieutenant in his role as Lord Lieutenant Cadet.
He was recently appointed to the role in recognition of his outstanding service in the Air Training Corps.
n See next week’s Class Act supplement for more photos of the centre.