Grant feathers school project in Bentley

Ngawang Dorji (10, left) and Maryam Al Hammad (9) with one of the school's hens .
Ngawang Dorji (10, left) and Maryam Al Hammad (9) with one of the school's hens .

YOUNGSTERS at Bentley primary are the beneficiaries of a grant set to introduce poultry into their thriving kitchen garden.

The $2000 grant from Teachers Mutual Bank bought the school six three- quarter leghorn hens and a coop.

The coop was built by the Station Street Men’s Shed.

The new arrivals’ eggs will be used in the school canteen.

It has been a year since the garden was installed and features in-ground and raised garden beds as well as herb plots.

Teacher Thalia Hurst said students had embraced the communal garden and enjoyed being involved.

“Most of the students hadn’t done anything like this before and didn’t know how vegetables were grown…we aim to involve the whole school and local community in a viable producing garden” she said.