School fancy dress day a real page-turner

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Fancy dress...pupils and teachers at Balfour School enjoy dressing up as book characters on Friday.

Balfour School pupils were on the same page last Friday as they dressed up for a book-themed costume day.

Principal Louise Stevenson said the day was popular with all the pupils.

“They get so excited. They love it,” Mrs Stevenson said.

“It’s a good way to get them enthused about reading.”

From cartoons to fairy-tale classics, a wide variety of characters attended class.

Footrot Flats’ Wal, Tintin and Captain Underpants were popular costumes.

“There’s always a few Rapunzels about.”

The teachers also took the opportunity to don a costume.

“It’s always a good mood enhancer to get dressed up.”

Prizes were awarded for the best-dressed and runner-up in each class and spot prizes were also awarded.

Reading was a popular pastime at the school, Mrs Stevenson said.

Although classroom reading could be digital, physical books remained important.

“Our library is really important to us.”

The dress-up day was part of the school’s book fair week, which is held every second year.

Librarian Debbie Schriek organised the books for sale into sections, such as nature and astronomy, books that were more popular with girls and books that boys were more likely to pick up.

“The kids love it Christmas,” Mrs Schriek said.

This year the children had bought more books than at the last book fair in 2018.

Pupil Jud Duffy (11) applied camo face paint stripes and came to school dressed as Bear Grylls.

Grylls was the author of the children’s series A Bear Grylls Adventure

“He’s really adventurous and he likes to explore,” Jud said.

Jud said he had ordered three books from the fair this week.