Harpenden students egged on by chicken project

PUPILS knew eggs-actly what to do when they welcomed two new chickens into their school.

They have been set a number of tasks, including collecting eggs and clearing up chicken poo, to make sure that Amberlings Kula and Lizzie settle in at Sir John Lawes School in Harpenden.

The two chickens, which produce one or two eggs a day, have joined the school as part of a Year Nine enrichment course in conservation and animal care introduced as part of an extended Key Stage Four.

The new chicken coop is within an inner quadrant where the birds are free to roam away from the dangers of foxes and other predators.

Year Nine student, Rebecca Illingworth, said: “The chickens have settled in really well; the only problem is they keep hopping through the open windows into the drama classes and trying to join in the lessons.”

Head teacher Claire Robins added: “They seem to have settled into their new surroundings well and are already laying eggs – which is definitely a good sign.”

n Pupils from the school joined 100 young people from around the South East to take part in Oxfam’s Active Global Citizenship Conference in London.

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