Hats off to Macauley's chicks
SIX-year-old Macauley Wells was the envy of all his classmates yesterday at Mt St Patrick Primary School's Easter bonnet parade.
The Year 1 student's homemade Easter hat featured six live chickens.
“It was my dad's idea, he made it for me,” Macauley said.
The straw hat was enclosed in chicken wire, making a cage for the tiny two-day-old chicks to run around in while on top of Macauley's head.
“I wish I could keep them with me at school all the time,” said Macauley, who lives on a farm near Murwillumbah.
“Everyone wants to pat them.”
Assistant principal Brendan Ryan said the fluffy birds were not the only surprise for visitors.
“We also had live bunny rabbits; it was fantastic,” Mr Ryan said.
The Murwillumbah school's Kindergarten and Year 1 and 2 classes, about 90 children all up, took part in yesterday's parade in the school's undercover area.
“All their hats were made at home,” Mr Ryan said.
“They got to show them off in front of parents and grandparents.”
The students were also given a special treat after the parade.
“We were very lucky to have hot cross buns donated from Coles in Murwillumbah.”
Store manager Brendan Williams said his team was proud to provide the school with hot cross buns, especially in the current tough economic times.
“We bought about 400 freshly-baked hot cross buns,” he said.
“Enough for every student, and teachers and parents as well.
“The kids were very keen to tuck in.”
Coles also donated hot cross buns to the Murwillumbah Uniting Church Preschool and Tumbulgum Public School.