School's in for witches and fairies

FAIRIES, witches, princesses, superheroes and Ninja Turtles — almost every book character you know came to life at the annual Book Week parade at Noumea Public School last month.

Youngsters from nearby KU Kindergarten were also invited.

Children dressed as their favourite character or donned a sports jersey to coincide with the Olympics.

Teachers put in as much imagination and effort as the pupils, dressing as pirates, Snow White, Where's Wally and Mrs Twit from The Twits.

Principal Michele Vaughan was Cruella from 101 Dalmatians for the day.

She said the parade changes each year. "There were lots of Harry Potters last year but this year we only had one," she said. "There are a lot of fairytale characters this year. The parents have gone to a lot of trouble."

Ms Vaughan said events such as Book Week to promote literacy were crucial. "Any additional funding we have goes towards extra teachers for reading.

"It's just as important as numeracy as they have to know how to read the problems."

The theme of the day was grandparents, godparents and good friends.

The parade was one of many Book Week events that were held around town.

The National Year of Reading ambassador, Aleesah Darlison, of the Unicorn Rider series, presented talks at Bidwill and Glendenning public schools.

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