Three big events were rolled into two days of celebration at Jerilderie St Joseph’s School on Thursday and Friday, celebrating literacy and local dads.
The school’s Book Week Fair on Thursday saw staff and students bring some fanciful characters to life.
The staff came up with a group costume, with principal Mandy Catena as Willy Wonka from the Roald Dahl classic, and the other staff as Oompa Loompas.
Among the students there were cowboys, super heroes, football stars, pirates and scarecrows, with all costumes showcased in a parade hosted by Year 6.
Participating in the fun were youngsters from Jerilderie Preschool and local daycare.
Friday was the combined Father’s Day Breakfast and Footy Colours Day.
Fathers and their children sat together to have a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs on toast before competing against each other in game of football.
Mrs Catena said fathers were trying every trick in the book to win.
‘‘Luckily we had Des McRae umpiring the game as the dads thought they could get away with all sorts of tricks. However they were pulled up quickly by the very official umpire.
‘‘There were a few 50 metre penalties and at one stage during the game, the umpire helped the kids score a goal by booting the football to the opposite end of the field.
‘‘The students won the match by a goal and celebrated by singing the Jerilderie Football Club theme song loud and proud,’’ Mrs Catena said.
The day was all organised by students, with money raised going to the Fight Cancer Foundation.