The character parade will be held in week 7 on the morning of Monday 26th August. Children may wear their costume to school. Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather (shoes also need to be worn) and doesn't bring any valuables to school. Children may stay in their costume after the parade if they are comfortable or they can choose to change into their school uniform.
Children are encouraged to dress up as a character from a book that they love and are familiar with, either fiction or non-fiction. They need to bring the book from home, the college library or a local library so they can share it with another child to explain why they find it interesting. The goal is to inspire each other to read. (Please make sure your child has their book ready several days beforehand. We would hate to see any child disappointed because they left it to the last minute to search for a copy of the book they want). This will be a great opportunity to have a discussion with your child! Find out what they love to read and why, or, guide them to explore new authors and genres. The focus here is to understand the book, the character and encourage each other to read. The best costumes are usually the ones created by the child from things at home. Have fun being creative. Don't feel pressured to make a "flash" costume! Pinterest or Google images can be sources of inspiration. Please ensure your child is comfortable in their costume.
After assembly, Junior School will line up with their teachers at the handball courts at the start of the Quad pathway and walk through Middle School. Middle and Senior students and teachers will line a section of the pathway and clap and encourage the Junior students as they walk through. Parents can line the second half of the parade route: anywhere between E and K blocks, between K block and the side of the tuck shop or finally, around the edge of the grassed area at the end of A block. Parents will have the opportunity to take photos and see all the fabulous costumes the Junios students have created. Immediately after the parade, students can meet with their parents/grandparents outside their classroom and walk up to the Library to show them their displays. Following this, students will meet with other students in their year level to talk about their book and costume. Each child has the opportunity to explain who their character is, what story they are from, what aspects of the book they found most interesting and how they made their own costume.