Babies included in World Literacy Day activities: South Perth Primary

Poppy States (1) and Coleen Agustin (11 months old) with their new books. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au   d443385
Poppy States (1) and Coleen Agustin (11 months old) with their new books. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au d443385

IT’S a global day that encourages people all over the world to celebrate the joys of reading, and while South Perth Primary spent the day pouring over classic books for World Literacy Day, an interesting discovery was also revealed about the school community.

As part of the day, the primary school held the special event Books for Babies, inviting all babies in the school community born from September 9, 2014 – September 8, 2015 to attend the day and be presented with their first book.

Deputy principal Sam Taylor said as the school community engaged in a range of literacy activities, she realised South Perth Primary was becoming a melting pot of different cultures.

“All the babies this year were from families that had English as a second language, so the profile of the school is changing and diversifying,” she said.

“We had students involved in the activities with backgrounds from Iran, Malaysia, Japan, Czech Republic, India, Scotland and Vietnam.”

Ms Taylor said the four babies who attended Books for Babies were given classic picture book favourites, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and the event received a great response from parents.

“It was amazing; from six months of age it’s a good idea to get engaged in literacy,” Ms Taylor said.