Prep and Senior children spent two dark evenings carefully sifting through leaves and mud in a hunt for the elusive newt.
Their diligence was amply rewarded when they found several of the creatures who move to ponds at this time of year to mate.
"Finding newts is not an easy task, requiring a bright torch, patience and a certain knack," said the Senior School's Head of Science, Mr Ralph Cowan, who organised the hunt. "Fortunately we have Dr Glen Powell on our staff whose experience in field work came to the fore."
The children identified their finds as smooth newts at various points of their life cycle, concluding that the school's wildlife garden has a healthy newt population, and they provided log and leaf piles at various points around the pond to create a good habitat for the creatures.