Characters come to life

By Ewen McRae

Rockbank Primary pupils showed their creative side last week as they bought their favourite book characters to life.

As part of Book Week celebrations, pupils across all year levels dressed up as some of their favourite literary characters.

Organising teacher Christine Niemiecki said it had been a fantastic celebration all week.

“This year’s theme was ‘reading is my secret power’, so we spoke a lot this week about how important reading is in every day life,” Ms Niemiecki said. “So on top of our annual parade where the kids can show off their costumes to friends and family, there’s also an important message to get out to the students.

“Reading as a language is just so powerful. So even if the students come from a home where reading isn’t taught as much, it’s important that they know just how vital to their future good reading skills are.”

A wide range of costumes were on show, including Dr Seuss, Scooby Doo, Batman and Toy Story characters.

Ms Niemiecki said the event gets bigger and better every year.

“We really love it when kids and parents put effort into finding a book character that they love,” she said. “It’s also great to see the families make their own costumes and do something together to bring the characters alive.

“The whole school really embraces the importance of the week … teaching kids about reading and making sure they know just how important it is for their futures.”