Omoka School junior students with their array of hats. 21091044.
Well-known and loved fictional characters were brought to life on Friday by primary school students from all over the island. Princesses, ogres, superheroes and ‘mad hatters’ turned up to school as students celebrated Literacy Week, dressing up as their favourite characters.
Literacy Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness about
the importance of literacy in schools and in homes.
During the week, students and adults are encouraged to
explore new authors and books genres. To sprinkle a little fun, schools around
the island were encouraged to dress up as their favourite literary character
including characters from Marvel Universe and DC Comics.
Apii Te Uki Ou had a full week of fun, diving head first
into the spirit of Literacy Week with class competitions and activities
centered around the theme. Each class worked on a special window display which
was judged at the end of the week.
Every character found in the book could be found at Apii Te Uki Ou on Friday where Literacy Day was celebrated. 21091034, 21091035
Miss Hatch’s year five and six ‘Kopeka’ class received the
prize for their winning door which was centered around Willy Wonka’s chocolate
“Our school always goes over and beyond for Literacy Week.
It’s not just about the dress up,” said Carmen Dodd, head of the literacy team
at the school. She acknowledged the never failing support of the parents who
always put in the utmost effort to help the students come up with amazing
costumes every year.
Apii Te Uki Ou’s ‘Avatar, the last airbender’ (Liam Aviu), Joker (Taunga Miller) and Shrek (Angad Naidu). 21091028
On the last day of Literacy Week which took place yesterday,
a parade was held in the morning where all the students joined in to showcase
their colourful and creative costumes.
They were then organised into groups where all the
superheroes, villains, princesses, fairies, and more were grouped together for
Teachers were more than happy to join in the fun, dressing
up as Thing 1 and Thing 2’s and fairies who rode their scooters to school
sporting their wands, wings and all, in proud support of their students.
Carly Ave, principal of Takitumu School, said: “It’s all
about the fun of it all.”
Maeve Baker and Ethan Buchanan dressed up as their favourite feline characters. 21091032
The field and playground at her school was scattered with
many creative selections of characters including a red headed Princess Ariel
and even a group of friends who dressed up as dalmatian dogs.
Buddies Hudson Street and Tangata Melvin came as their favourite Mario brother. 21091033
Pa Enua schools also joined the Literacy Week celebrations.
Colourful and creatively woven hats of unusual and trendy designs featured at
the Omoka and Tetautua schools of Penrhyn - the northernmost island of the Cook
A junior student of Omoka school wore his unusual tasselled woven hat. 21091041.
The focus of Literacy Week is on the introduction of phonics
into schools in the Cook Islands, the international theme is “Literacy for a
human-centred recovery: narrowing the digital divide”.
Omoka School had a variety of projects and activities throughout the week that included mask day, peer reading – seniors reading to junior students and story-telling by respected elders Papa Walter, Papa Manata and Papa Andrew.
Students at Apii Te Uki Ou on Friday where Literacy Day was celebrated. 21091034