to be Happy just clown­ing around for Book Week

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

FROM clowns to trans­form­ers and even po­lice of­fi­cers, Noumea Public School’s Book Week pa­rade had it all.

In its 70th year, Book Week en­cour­ages all schools across the state to celebrate Aus­tralian books and au­thors.

This year the stu­dents were joined by Shalvey KU preschool and pa­raded their out­fits in front of their friends and fam­ily, who joined them for morn­ing tea af­ter­wards.

Noumea Public School teacher Ian Jef­fress said the re­sponse from stu­dents and their fam­i­lies was al­ways over­whelm­ing. “The kids love to get dressed up and the par­ents love watch­ing, it is a great day with a great fam­ily at­mos­phere,” Mr Jef­fress said.

Eight-year-old Manni Woolfenden had a spe­cial rea­son to celebrate this year. The Year 2 stu­dent spent time in hos­pi­tal when he was younger and was of­ten cheered up by clowns.

Mrs Woolfenden said Manni had dressed up as a clown from his favourite book The Clowns Around.

“Manni has loved clowns ever since he was in hos­pi­tal, he just loved how happy they were all the time,” she said.

Pic­ture: CARMELA ROCHE

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