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Nannup District High School celebrates book week with activities and grand parade

Daniel HockingManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Nannup District High School principal Leonie Creigh presented school gardener Ray Barnett with a certificate and a jar of ANZAC cookies to commend his efforts around the school.
Camera IconNannup District High School principal Leonie Creigh presented school gardener Ray Barnett with a certificate and a jar of ANZAC cookies to commend his efforts around the school. Credit: Daniel Hocking

Students, teachers and parents all gathered at the Nannup District High School to celebrate the end of Children’s Book Week on Thursday with a grand parade, giving students and teachers an opportunity to show off their costumes as their favourite book characters.

The school put on several events throughout the week, including visits from authors Leanne White and John Bortticelli, writing workshops, a books on blankets event, where students brought blankets to the undercover area and read books, and a day where students brought in their favourite books.

During the parade, school gardener Ray Barnett was presented with a recognition award from the Department of Education director-general Lisa Rogers, by Nannup District High School principal Leonie Creigh for “making a difference” and commended his embodiment of the spirit and intent of the school by going above and beyond.

Ms Creigh noted his work on the school grounds to his commitment to individual students, and helping them experience success and mastery in their work through his support and efforts.

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She commended the sense of enthusiasm and engagement from the students on the dress-up day, and throughout book week as well.

““What I get from today is how engaged the kids are,” Ms Creigh said.

“They’ve got their favourite book, so it’s really obvious that they are reading and there was no sense of shame or embarrassment in their participation, so they’re really proud of themselves as readers and learners.”

She also said the students were benefiting from reading and engaging with the activities during Children’s Book Week.

“I think the key message is the joy of books and kids engaging with reading and all the science of reading, increasing vocabulary, and just the confidence of kids learning,” Ms Creigh said.

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