Two days of cel­e­bra­tion

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

Three big events were rolled into two days of cel­e­bra­tion at Jer­ilderie St Joseph’s School on Thurs­day and Fri­day, cel­e­brat­ing lit­er­acy and lo­cal dads.

The school’s Book Week Fair on Thurs­day saw staff and stu­dents bring some fan­ci­ful char­ac­ters to life.

The staff came up with a group cos­tume, with principal Mandy Catena as Willy Wonka from the Roald Dahl clas­sic, and the other staff as Oompa Loom­pas.

Among the stu­dents there were cow­boys, su­per he­roes, football stars, pi­rates and scare­crows, with all cos­tumes show­cased in a pa­rade hosted by Year 6.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fun were young­sters from Jer­ilderie Preschool and lo­cal day­care.

Fri­day was the com­bined Fa­ther’s Day Break­fast and Footy Colours Day.

Fa­thers and their chil­dren sat to­gether to have a hearty break­fast of ba­con and eggs on toast be­fore com­pet­ing against each other in game of football.

Mrs Catena said fa­thers were try­ing ev­ery trick in the book to win.

‘‘Luck­ily we had Des McRae um­pir­ing the game as the dads thought they could get away with all sorts of tricks. How­ever they were pulled up quickly by the very of­fi­cial um­pire.

‘‘There were a few 50 me­tre penal­ties and at one stage dur­ing the game, the um­pire helped the kids score a goal by boot­ing the football to the op­po­site end of the field.

‘‘The stu­dents won the match by a goal and cel­e­brated by singing the Jer­ilderie Football Club theme song loud and proud,’’ Mrs Catena said.

The day was all or­gan­ised by stu­dents, with money raised go­ing to the Fight Cancer Foun­da­tion.

BE­LOW: The staff of St Joseph’s Jer­ilderie in their cos­tumes in­spired by ‘Willy Wonka and the Choco­late Fac­tory’ for the Book Week Fair.

LEFT: Ge­or­gia, Brad, Ava and Cal­lum Belling en­joy­ing the Fa­ther’s Day break­fast on Fri­day.

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