Easter celebrations started early in Deniliquin and district, with many local schools hosting hat parades before the holiday break.
A variety of fancy and creative hats were paraded at Deniliquin South School on Friday.
The school’s administration manager Rose Keane said it was an enjoyable last day of term one for students, teachers and visiting family members.
‘‘All of the kids made Easter hats and paraded them in the morning. It was a beautiful parade with heaps of parents attending,’’ Mrs Keane said.
‘‘The canteen also ran an Easter raffle with more than 40 prizes, which was well supported by the community.
‘‘Children had a visit from the Easter bunny which was enjoyed by everyone.’’
Later that day the school hosted a mini carnival, with many different stalls and activities to enjoy.
‘‘The parade was the lead up to our mini fete where classes ran their own stalls to raise money for their World Vision child sponsorship, and to give a donation to the Good Friday Appeal and Stuart House.
‘‘We raised more than $1400 just through the mini fete.’’
School is now out for the next two weeks, with students returning to the classroom on Monday, April 29.
For the locals and visitors choosing to spend Easter in Deniliquin and district, there will be an array of entertainment on offer.
Special events will be featured in the Southern Riverina Easter Guide — produced by the Pastoral Times and Southern Riverina News — which will be inserted in our early edition on Thursday.