One-of-a-kind Christmas gift

A pupil at Highgate Hill House School, a co-educational school for children with special educational needs aged 5 to 16 years, near Holsworthy, made her Father’s Christmas last month, by gifting a very unusual handmade item to him.

Kitty has been attending a welding workshop at The Pottery Box in Whitstone as part of her studies at Highgate Hill House School, and decided to make an ornamental sword that she could give to him on Christmas Day.

Learning Support Assistant Jess, who attends the welding classes with Kitty, said: “Kitty used parts of an old gear box for the handle, and two strips of metal which she welded together to make the blade. Her Father has a particular interest in swords and was really taken aback by the time and effort that Kitty had put into making such a thoughtful gift”.

Sir Peter Birkett, School Founder, added: “Kitty is very creative - has gained many skills and her confidence has grown through the workshop classes she attends at The Pottery Box. We really encourage our pupils to pursue their interests, and we are constantly searching for local opportunities to meet their needs both inside and outside of school”.

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