Feathers fly over school project

Tynemouth's Southlands School pupils Arron Gray (14) and Amy Hurrell (13) seen with chickens at the school which has received an eco award.
Tynemouth's Southlands School pupils Arron Gray (14) and Amy Hurrell (13) seen with chickens at the school which has received an eco award.
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PUPILS at a North Shields school are egg-static about their latest project.

Southlands School has had a chicken coop fitted, and youngsters at the Beach Road school are now looking after ten hens as part of an initiative to improve their life skills.

The pupils will study the hens and gather and sell their eggs, saving some eggs for classroom cooking and baking projects.

Teachers Sean Kirkup and Lesley Laidlaw raised more than £200 to get the coop up and running after taking part in a zipwire challenge across the Tyne last year.

Sainbury’s in Whitley Bay is also giving a helping hand to pupils by donating unwanted green vegetables to help feed the hens.

Teacher Stella Ellis said: “Our project is very hands-on and focuses on skills based learning.

“The students are really enjoying helping to care for the hens and collecting the eggs.

“They like being part of a practical project.”