Kids hop­ping mad for Easter sea­son

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Felic­ity Rip­per Felic­ity.Rip­per@cnbtimes.com.au

STU­DENTS from Gayn­dah State School and St Joseph’s Catholic Pri­mary School have been learn­ing and celebrating in the lead-up to Easter.

De­spite host­ing a mini-Com­mon­wealth Games and cross-coun­tries on top of Easter cel­e­bra­tions this week, teach­ers from both schools said the chil­dren had im­pressed un­der busy cir­cum­stances.

Gayn­dah State School stu­dents have taken time in the week to craft hats for an Easter hat pa­rade on Thurs­day morn­ing.

The kin­der­garten will be join­ing in on the fes­tiv­i­ties and par­ents have been in­vited to at­tend.

“You can tell they’re very ex­cited for Easter and they’ve loved learn­ing and get­ting creative for the hol­i­day,” Gayn­dah State School teacher Deb Ul­coq said.

Prin­ci­pal An­drew Goldie said Easter cel­e­bra­tions mainly in­cluded arts and crafts and celebrating friend­ship and fam­ily.

“We em­brace a lot of dif­fer­ent cul­tures at our school so when it comes to Easter we don’t go down a reli­gious path,” Mr Goldie said.

“Ev­ery time I go down to visit the class­rooms the chil­dren are very ex­cited to show me the creative work they’ve been do­ing, their en­thu­si­asm has been re­ally lovely.”

Learn­ing about Je­sus’s last week of life has been a fo­cus for St Joseph’s Catholic Pri­mary School this week.

“We’ll be hav­ing a Sta­tions of the Cross en­act­ment through­out the school grounds on Thurs­day,” St Joseph’s prin­ci­pal Terese Shep­ard said. Mrs Shep­ard said Easter was one of the most im­por­tant cel­e­bra­tions on the church cal­en­dar and was foun­da­tional to the Catholic faith.

“It’s im­por­tant for our stu­dents to un­der­stand the true mean­ing of Easter,” she said.

“Our stu­dents have been prac­tis­ing for the Holy Week li­turgy and we’ve been fo­cus­ing more on that side of things.”

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ON THE HUNT: Gayn­dah State School pupils Zoha Tariq, Bella Griggs and Jasie Clib­born are celebrating with a hat pa­rade to­day.

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BUN­NIES AT THE READY: Gayn­dah State School Prep stu­dents are ex­cited for the school’s Easter hat pa­rade on Thurs­day.

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