Ba­bies in­cluded in book day ac­tiv­i­ties

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

IT’S a global day that en­cour­ages peo­ple all over the world to celebrate the joys of read­ing, and while South Perth Pri­mary spent the day pour­ing over clas­sic books for World Lit­er­acy Day, an in­ter­est­ing dis­cov­ery was also re­vealed about the school com­mu­nity.

As part of the day, the pri­mary school held the spe­cial event Books for Ba­bies, invit­ing all ba­bies in the school com­mu­nity born from Septem­ber 9, 2014 - Septem­ber 8, 2015 to at­tend the day and be pre­sented with their first book.

Deputy prin­ci­pal Sam Tay­lor said as the school com­mu­nity en­gaged in a range of lit­er­acy ac­tiv­i­ties, she re­alised South Perth Pri­mary was be­com­ing a melt­ing pot of dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

“All the ba­bies this year were from fam­i­lies that had English as a sec­ond lan­guage, so the pro­file of the school is chang­ing and di­ver­si­fy­ing,” she said.

“We had stu­dents in-­mu­ni­ d443385 volved in the ac­tiv­i­ties with back­grounds from Iran, Malaysia, Ja­pan, Czech Re­pub­lic, In­dia, Scot­land and Viet­nam.”

Ms Tay­lor said the four ba­bies who at­tended Books for Ba­bies were given clas­sic pic­ture book favourites, in­clud­ing The Very Hun­gry Cater­pil­lar, and the event re­ceived a great re­sponse from par­ents.

“It was amaz­ing; from six months of age it’s a good idea to get en­gaged in lit­er­acy,” Ms Tay­lor said.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Poppy States (1) and Coleen Agustin (11 months old) with their new books.

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