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Gift of Christmas for Barnes Infant School

The story of Christmas has been brought to life at a Sunderland school, after students from Sunderland College stepped in to create festive classroom resources.

Real Project students who study joinery have worked to create miniature stables, to help teachers at Barnes Infant School share the story of Christmas.  The students handed over four stables this week, and they will be used in classrooms to teach young students about the spirit of Christmas.

Allen Hooker, a joinery tutor, said: “We’re always keen to support local schools if we can, so we were delighted to help Barnes Infant School with stables to use in their nativity displays.

“It was a nice festive project for our learners, and it’s even better knowing that they will be put to good use, hopefully for years to come, to help bring Christmas to life for young people from the city.”

The display has literally knitted together the generations as the stables will house a number of woollen characters made by great, great grandmother Iris Lindsay, 86, from Farringdon, Sunderland.  The handcrafted knitted characters Mrs Lindsay created were given to the college students to hand over to the school as part of the project.

Julia Belshaw, headteacher at Barnes Infant School, said the school staff and pupils were delighted with the nativity scene and expressed her gratitude to Mrs Lindsay and the students and tutors of Sunderland College.

She said: “So often, we forget the true meaning of Christmas and as a school it is important to us to remind our children why this is such a special time of year for many people.

“We’re absolutely delighted with the stables, which will be a real focal point in our classrooms, and will help us to bring to life the nativity story and the message of Christmas.”

The creative students who kindly made the stables included:  Joshua Andrews, Cameron Blenkinsopp, Calvin Charlton, Connor Dyer, Lee Milner, Loughlin Richardson, Kane Russell, Alan Smart, Antony Smillie and Josh Murray.


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