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Rouge Bouillon School's parrot celebrates 70th birthday

Happy 70th Birthday to Sim! Credit: Gov.je

Rouge Bouillon Primary School's parrot turns 70-years-old today.

Sim, who survived a school fire in the 1990s, will receive a specially made birthday cake, which he can share with his human friends, and the school choir will sing him Happy Birthday.

Students have made parrot-themed decorations for his cage.

One Year Five student described his cage as "very dirty".

We love looking after Sim and cleaning his cage out even though sometimes he makes it very dirty.

– Year Five student

Sim has helped thousands of new students settle into school life, according to the school.

It's very impressive that he can talk - he says hello to us and we love it.

– A Year Six student

Deputy head teacher, Jess Doyle says the birthday party is the school's way of "celebrating the contribution Sim has made to life at Rouge Bouillon School over the decades".

Generations of our students will remember him fondly, and he's a wonderful presence to have here.

We have many new students who are nervous about starting school, and other students who might be new to Jersey too. When they see Sim their faces light up and talking to him helps them to relax and settle into life at school.

– Jess Doyle, Deputy Head Teacher

Sim used to live at Briggs toy shop, in St Helier, until it closed in 1988.

Since then, he has lived at Rouge Bouillon School after former headteacher Wendy Hurford gave him a home there.

He even survived a fire at the school on 15 April 1991 which started during repairs to the roof.

Staff and children had to leave the building, taking Sim with them but no-one was hurt.