The coop to come before the chicken

BULLIMBAL Public School is calling on volunteers to build a new chicken coop to help students learn how to care for animals. 

EGGCELLENT: One Bullimbal school student’s impression of the chicken coop to be built next week.

EGGCELLENT: One Bullimbal school student’s impression of the chicken coop to be built next week.

Bullimbal schoolteacher Lee Ridden said the excited students were repeatedly asking when their feathery friends would be arriving. 

“They can’t wait,” Ms Ridden said. 

She said it was important for the children to be involved in a safe way as much as possible and they would dedicate some of their class time to putting together nesting boxes.

“It expands their understanding of how things work,” she said. 

The new coop, as well as the school’s recently planted fruit trees and composting system, have been made a reality thanks to a NSW Department of Environment grant. 

Ms Ridden said the facilities would give children tangible ways to understand sustainable living and healthy eating, with the eggs to be collected and cooked up in Bullimbal’s weekly living program.

She said the school was grateful to local groups and businesses which had donated building materials and time to the project, though they would be thrilled to welcome more volunteers.

Community members are invited to take part in the straw bale building workshop, which will take place at Bullimbal school on Sunday, August 17 from 9am to 4pm.

Rendering workshops will follow on August 24 and 31.

The cost is $20 per person or $30 for a couple and lunch will be provided.

To book, call 6762 8003 or email bullimbal-s.school @det.nsw.edu.au

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