Easter comes early for pupils

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EASTER came early this year for Anna Ritchie pupils when a charming clutch of chicks hatched in the school’s woodwork room.

The ten fertilised eggs had arrived at the Peterhead school just the previous day, as part of a national scheme to teach the children about the circle of life. The ten playful chicks, including one aptly named Fluffy, hatched early last week, to the delight of the children. Part of the ‘Living Eggs’ project, the chicks arrived on Monday, and pupils monitored their progress in a special incubator before they began to hatch on Tuesday.

Headteacher Ishbel Cruickshank said: “It was just pandemonium last week when the eggs started to hatch. It’s been a fantastic project and an excellent way to teach the children about the circle of life. Having the chicks here has kick started our Easter celebrations.”

Technical Teacher Mr Hepburn said there has been “a buzz about the school” since the chicks hatched, and a web cam set up so that children using a nearby corridor could watch the chicks’ progress.