Jillian Robinson, Ricky Smith, (front) Bec Duggan, Amanda Hogeveen, Karen Byron, at Roald Dahl Day at Clinton State School, Harvey Road, Gladstone.
Jillian Robinson, Ricky Smith, (front) Bec Duggan, Amanda Hogeveen, Karen Byron, at Roald Dahl Day at Clinton State School, Harvey Road, Gladstone. Brenda Strong

Roald Dahl characters come to life

THE region was invaded yesterday by a Giant Peach, a witch, a couple of twits and a strange man in a purple suit.

The weird and wonderful characters from Roald Dahl's children's books were brought to life by the teachers at Clinton State School as part of a special Roald Dahl Day.

Prep to grade three students and their parents took part in a morning of Roald Dahl themed activities on the school oval.

Principle Reid Thompson said 2012 is the year of reading.

"The theme is 'reading takes you places' and this year also happens to be 30th birthday of Roald Dahl's BFG," he said.

"We thought we'd combine the two things together and hold Roald Dahl Day."

Principle Thompson said Roald Dahl continues to be one of the most popular children's authors.

"The kids really relate to his writing and the illustrations," he said.

"To celebrate, we have a whole week of themed activities."

Year three teacher Janelle Patroni organised the event and said Roald Dahl is one of her favourite authors from her childhood.

"I love sharing his stories with my class, the sky's the limit with Roald Dahl," Ms Patroni said.

"Today the kids get to have some fun with their parents and friends and see their teachers in a different light."

Five year old Zalia Butler had a great time showing her mum and younger sister around the activities.

"We've made dream jars and I loved cuddling Clint the frog," she said.

Ask any of the student taking part, everyone's got Roald Dahl favourite.

"I love Matilda, she's magic," Zalia said.

Willy Wonka was pleased to enjoy a morning out of the factory and out in the sunshine.

"It's been delightful," Mr Wonka said.

"I brought some of my favourite Oompa Loompas with me in my great glass elevator."



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