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Students get dressed for story time and Education Week

STORY TIME: Students Jasmin Pilling, 10, Kalon Davis, 6, and Georgina Freund, 7, of Lismore, get into the spirit of their Book Dress Up Parade.
STORY TIME: Students Jasmin Pilling, 10, Kalon Davis, 6, and Georgina Freund, 7, of Lismore, get into the spirit of their Book Dress Up Parade. Marc Stapelberg

AN ABUNDANCE of colourful costumes, from Spiderman and Thor to fairies and Wild Things, could only mean one thing: A Book Parade.

The students of Wyrallah Road Public School were dressed to the nines yesterday as they celebrated Education Week with a Book Parade and Fair.

The school's staff wasn't exempt from the celebratory spirit, with teachers all dress-ed in a Where's Wally theme - including principal Garreth Hockings.

He said their Book Parade and Fair was organised by their wonderful librarianMelissa Moyle as part of their Education Week events.

"Without reading you can't really do anything else in life," he said. "(Reading is) power - we want kids to want to enjoy reading."

The kids always get "really into" the parade, he said.

So what is Mr Hockings' favourite book?

"I've got two little kids, so a favourite in our house is Where is the Green Sheep," he said.

For the rest of their Education Week they'll be having other events, such as, an 'Eat it to Beat Cancer' event today, a visit from the Dorroughby Environment Education Centre's van, a visit to the Byron Bay Writers Festival, and a Year 6 excursion to a careers expo.

Year 4 student Jasmine Pilling, 10, was all clad up as the Mad Hatter, using parts of a costume her father had worn for a fancy dress party last year.

Jasmine said her favourite book would have to be The Day My Bum Went Psycho by Andy Griffiths because it was "funny and exciting". She said she loved to read, and that reading was important because "people wouldn't be able to do anything in life if they couldn't read".

"They wouldn't be able to learn," she said.

Year 4 student David Lee, 10, was disguised as Peter Pan.

He had some help from his mother, grandma and brother to create his excellent Peter Pan costume, he said.

He said he liked Peter Pan because "he can fly and he always can beat Captain Hook".

Topics:  education week, wyrallah road public school



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