Students hope to break record

Seth Good, Shardae Munuirirangi & Lou-Anna Cross
Seth Good, Shardae Munuirirangi & Lou-Anna Cross

The school is hoping for a forest of more than 600 tree-donning students, teachers and parents to break a previous record of 516 set in Goluchow, Poland, on September 30 last year.

It all started with the recent news that children’s author Andy Griffiths was visiting the school as part of a tour for his new book, The 52-Storey Treehouse.

Ellenbrook PS’s large student population gives it a big chance of breaking the record.

Deputy principal Vicki Harley said teachers had integrated tree-related subjects into some subjects, while students in all classes were putting together costumes.

‘We only found out about the event two weeks ago, so it has all come together very quickly. Community-wise it’s a good event because it’s fun and has brought everyone together. So far it’s been a good bonding experience,’ she said.

‘Some parents have gone out of their way scouring op shops, dying pants brown and helping with costumes.’

To break the record, all participants must wear a full tree costume, consisting of brown trousers or brown tights, a green top or jumper and a headdress or embellishment attached to the torso to represent branches and leaves.

Ellenbrook PS has ordered nearly a kilometre of brown paper for the lower part of the costumes.

Earlier this year, an unconfirmed record was broken for most trees planted in an hour at Whiteman Park and another record was set for the largest gathering of people dressed as cows in Cowaramup, where more than 1300 people donned cow costumes.

To be involved, call the school on 9296 9088.