Innisfail State School celebrates Under 8s Day

Innisfail State School students Chase, Veronica, and Aurora work on the natural turtle mural with Regina Savage (teacher’s aide).

THE rain held off just long enough at Innisfail State School’s Under 8s Day celebrations, when students from Prep to Year 2 and siblings in childcare centres took part in a range of interactive activities. 

The fun-filled day was organised by Prep/Year 1 Teacher, Heather Maskell, and Year 1/2 Teacher, Liana Windeknecht, who were ably assisted by amazing teacher’s aides, Shirley Masina, Tracey Torrens, and Regina Savage.

Students were involved in range of outdoor activities, including making patterns using leaves and twigs, collage, learning about germs, ice dinosaur fossils, chalk painting, a natural turtle mural, and building a fort.

Year 6 students, teachers, and community members helped the day’s activities run smoothly.

Face painting by School Chaplain Jacqui Rigano, the Deadly Choices stall, and free mini footballs were popular on the day.

A sausage sizzle from the tuck shop was enjoyed by all after the day’s activities.

The Under 8’s, initiated by Early Childhood Association, is a day designed to promote student learning and for children to embrace the joy of early childhood with activities to promote sensory play, as well as the development of fine and gross motor skills.

This event brought children and members of the community together to share in a morning of learning through play.

Until 1984, Under 8’s Week was originally known as Under 5’s week. For 62 years, the week has been running across Queensland and, although it has evolved over time, its purpose is to celebrate childhood and promote the importance of the early years.

Under 8’s Week has seen many different themes over the years and focuses on involving children in their local community with educational events and activities.

The theme in 2021 is ‘Children Celebrating Outdoor Play and Learning’ which encourages youngsters to engage in learning outside in their natural environment.

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