Barnsley children get in a flap as real penguins visit their school

Pupils at Worsborough Common school check out the visiting Humboldt Penguins at their school 'Picture by Dean Atkins
Pupils at Worsborough Common school check out the visiting Humboldt Penguins at their school 'Picture by Dean Atkins
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Children from a South Yorkshire p-p-p-primary school have had a special visit from four penguins.

Pupils at Worsbrough Common Primary School in Barnsley welcomed the humboldt penguins to school after being chosen out of 11,000 applications.

The visit was held to celebrate the DVD release of the Dreamworks hit film Penguins of Madagascar.

Two of the youngsters were chosen to sit in the pen with the penguins as they interviewed their handlers as part of the DVD’s promotional materials.

Louise Dring, headteacher, said: “The children absolutely loved the whole experience.

“The group involved in the interview were fascinated to see the process of filming and watch the crew set up. They even had a lesson in interview technique.

“The rest of the school were just really excited to see live penguins at school – I don’t think they believed us at first.”

After the interview session, the school took part in a ‘show and tell’ assembly where all the children got to see the penguins and a barn owl up close.

Ms Dring said: “It was exciting. Everyone – staff, parents and children – were excited about the visit and the school was literally buzzing with excitement.

“The next day lots of parents came to say how much their children had enjoyed the visit and how much they had talked about it – that they would remember it for a long time to come.

“A number of classes had been learning about penguins linked to their current projects and topics so it was really good timing for them.

“They’ve seen pictures, watched video clips and read books but nothing beats seeing the animals up close in real life and getting experts to answer your questions first hand.”