Ballyclare Primary pupils are well read

Where's Wally? Staff and pupils at Ballyclare Primary School got dressed up as Wally to celebrate World Book Day.  INNT 12-022-FP
Where's Wally? Staff and pupils at Ballyclare Primary School got dressed up as Wally to celebrate World Book Day. INNT 12-022-FP
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PUPILS at Ballyclare Primary School participated in a variety of activities and dressed up as characters from Where’s Wally as part of a whole week of World Book Day celebrations.

In previous years, children and staff have dressed up as authors and characters from books but this year they decided to do something a bit different.

Students and staff arrived for class dressed as Wally or Wenda, wearing thick black glasses and red and white stripy clothes.

One teacher, Neil Gordon, went as Wally’s arch enemy Odlaw and really stood out from the crowd of pupils.

Throughout the day, pupils took part in a town walk where they paraded round the town, giving supporters and parents a chance to take photographs and to find Odlaw in the midst of red and white stripes.

The school also held a book swap where the pupils got to bring in as many books as possible and swap them with others.

School principal, Kim Mulligan said: “This yearly event is great because it encourages a love of reading and, because Where’s Wally is accessible to everyone, it allowed all to join in the fun. Thank you to all our parents who support these events so enthusiastically every year.

“The pupils loved it and it taught all involved that a good story is timeless and never grows old. They were also pleased to welcome Scholastic book fair into school to run a book shop for parents and pupils to visit throughout the week.

“In a world where computers are such a part of everyday life it is great to see Ballyclare Primary School still encouraging reading as a life-long skill and such an enjoyable experience.”