Simultaneous story telling a success for Merriwa students

Top: Akuol Manyang, Emma Kinnena, Tenneson Cook, Judy Paul. Bottom: Harlen Kingi, Lily Maitland, Jacob Organ, Val Corey, Josua Heta, Therese Hutchinson and Haleigh Joyce.       
Simultaneous story telling a success for Merriwa students
Top: Akuol Manyang, Emma Kinnena, Tenneson Cook, Judy Paul. Bottom: Harlen Kingi, Lily Maitland, Jacob Organ, Val Corey, Josua Heta, Therese Hutchinson and Haleigh Joyce.       

MERRIWA Primary School and Education Support Centre students took part in the recent National Simultaneous Storytime.

The annual campaign, now in its 15th year, aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.

At 11am on May 27, Merriwa students from Kindergarten to Year 6 joined children from thousands of locations across Australia to read The Brothers Quibble by Australian author Aaron Blabey.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts was a welcomed visitor to the event and read with the Year 2 class.

Curriculum leader Louise Carroll said it was great to see children of all ages engage in the same story at the same time.

“Including students at our school that could access the Auslan version that was made available,” she said.

Tales of Times Past were also invited to Merriwa Primary School last week.

Senior storytellers Val Corey, Deanne Hetherington and Judy Scrimegour are a volunteer group who shared their stories of the olden days to entertain and educate the children about the past.

Children from Pre-Primary and years 2 and 3 participated as part of their history curriculum.

They enjoyed playing games such as egg-and-spoon race and exploring old objects from the past.