Sunderland school’s knitivity play

Barnes School 'knitivity'
Barnes School 'knitivity'
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THE story of the nativity is knitting together for youngsters at a Wearside primary.

Children at Barnes Infant School have been given new nativity scenes, complete with hand-knitted characters to bring it to life.

Joinery students at Sunderland College have worked to create miniature stables to help teachers at the Mount Road school tell the story of Christmas.

The stables were built by 14 to 16-year-old students who were referred to Sunderland College from their secondary schools as part of the college’s Real Project to get vocational skills. And the display has knitted together the generations as the stables house a number of woollen characters made by great, great grandmother Iris Lindsay, 83, from Farringdon.

The hand-knitted characters Mrs Lindsay created were given to the college students to hand over to the school as part of the project.

Allen Hooker, a joinery tutor at Sunderland College, 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.” Julia Belshaw, headteacher at Barnes Infant School, said: “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.”