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Wonderland of learning

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August 09, 2017

Courtney McDonald, Sharelle Baily and Elise O’Brien, 5, getting into their Alice in Wonderland characters while celebrating Education Week.

Corowa Public School teacher Reece Baily gets a close shave from student Millie Grant, 6.

With the help of a curly red wig, some make-up and a costume, Corowa Public School Principal Sharelle Baily was transformed into the wacky and whimsical Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.

“It’s Education Week and we wanted to do something different to celebrate learning,” Mrs Baily said.
“Staff and students have all dressed up in their favourite Alice in Wonderland character and now we are giving parents a taste of the different things the students are currently learning.”
And wherever there is a Mad Hatter, there’s certainly a tea party.
Parents were invited along on Wednesday, July 2 where they joined in on Education Week activities.
Some parents took a trip down the rabbit hole and ended up in the school hall where they were waited on by students while enjoying a fine display of cakes and slices.
Meanwhile, parents in other parts of the school were greeted by some more Alice in Wonderland characters; there were teachers dressed as the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit and, of course, Alice.
In the junior classroom mums were treated to some pampering at the make-up station where students showed off their creative side painting nails, applying eyeshadow and lipstick.
Dads were also catered for with a shaving shop, complete with shaving cream and popsicle sticks.
Learning and support teacher Carmel Grigg said parents had been enjoying a tour of the school where they had been playing cards and games of croquet, which both have mathematical components linked to them.
“Everything has had a Wonderland theme, from pin the tail on the Cheshire Cat to celebrating with a high tea,” she said.
“The idea is that component of fun in learning.
“We are trying very hard to involve parents and show the students that learning can be fun and exciting.”
The school has art work on display at the Corowa and Mulwala Civic Centres as part of Education Week.
The school also recently participated in its first Eisteddfod in the dance section.
“It was a great learning experience and the students loved what they saw and were inspired by the other schools,” Mrs Baily said.
“We are going to show them the NSW School Spectacular in Sydney at the end of the year, with the hope we can become involved in the future.”

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