Pupils turn to DIY for super solar eclipse viewing

Pupils at Ponteland High School made their own pinhole cameras to view the solar eclipse.
Pupils at Ponteland High School made their own pinhole cameras to view the solar eclipse.

Enterprising pupils made their own star-gazing kit to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse.

Youngsters at Ponteland High School spent a week making their own pinhole cameras to view the spectacle.

And at the start of the first period on Friday they gathered in the yard, armed with shoe boxes, cereal boxes, photocopying boxes and poster tubes, which were all used to project an image of the sun with the moon passing in front.

Some had also invested in eclipse viewing glasses.

Headteacher Kieran McGrane said: “As maximum coverage approached at 9.35am the temperature dropped, a breeze picked up, a gloomy darkness developed and the excitement grew as hundreds of students and staff looked to the sky and enjoyed near perfect views of the eclipse.

“The eclipse will be remembered by everyone for a long time, and probably till the next one in 2026.”