The youngsters, from the school’s ASN Department, began the project, to build a new bughouse for local dementia community hub Kirrie Connections’ garden by collecting their materials, but the process was subject to several stops and starts due to concurrent Prince’s Trust schemes as well as lockdowns.
They managed to finish the job, however, in time for the end of term after designing the bughouse from scratch, with laser-cut bugs to decorate the roof trim, and incorporated the same imagery to make keyrings which are for sale at Murton Nature Reserve. All of their proceeds will go to chosen charities The Aegis Trust, Animal Network and The Angus Food Bank.
Teacher Amanda Johnston said: “The pupils approached local businesses and received much support from people like Martin Hogarth, Ladywell Sawmill, Guild Homes, plumber David Elder and slater Dave Simpson. They also used social media to gather unwanted building materials. The kids and I liaised with Graham Galloway of Kirrie Connections and he attended the launch with some of the service users.”