person holding a giant red egg

Something special is about to hatch at Ptunarra

THE magical red egg at the centre of the Paint the Valley REaD reading initiative has completed its circuit around Derwent Valley schools. Toward the end of its journey, the egg has travelled in style and safety, secured in a child’s seat in the back of the Ptunarra Derwent Valley Child and Family Centre’s van which has recently been “splattered” with special signwriting.

This helps to further promote the key message of Paint the Valley REaD, which is the importance of reading, singing and talking to children from birth so that by the time they are ready to start school they have the best brain networks in place to begin to learn to read. Nerissa Waterfield is pictured, above, alongside the vehicle that has been “splattered” to promote the Paint the Valley REaD program.

At Molesworth Primary School, the children were excited to have the egg return and were pleased to see how much it had grown since it was last there. “Students were so impressed with how much the egg had grown,” Kindergarten teacher Kylee McCausland said. “We used the opportunity to think about and talk about all the different things people need to stay healthy, happy and grow.”

Ideas from the Molesworth children included: “Play with me, that makes me happy” (Oliver); and “Give me cuddles, that makes me happy” (Max). The egg was also measured to see how much it had grown, noting that it was 20cm long when it first visited in May, while in July it was 45cm.

The children also talked about how tall they were. “They knew they would be bigger than 45cm but would they be taller than 100cm? Everyone was measured and their height in string was placed on a chart,” Mrs McCausland said.

The next phase of Paint the Valley REaD will be the hatching of the egg at Ptunarra on August 23 and there is great interest in what might emerge from within. From that point, Ptunarra will focus on spreading the word throughout the community about the importance of reading to, singing to, talking to and playing with children from birth to when they start school and beyond.

Read more at the Paint the Valley REaD page on Facebook.

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