BEST OF THE BEST: Gladstone Central State School has the best attendance rates of schools in the city of Gladstone.
BEST OF THE BEST: Gladstone Central State School has the best attendance rates of schools in the city of Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

Under-8s activities get region's kids excited about school

PARENTS and siblings of primary school children celebrated being young at the annual Under-8s community play days around the Gladstone region last week.

Calliope State School's Under-8s morning drew parents, siblings and grandparents of more than 300 children to the activities on Tuesday.

Principal Raelene Norris said parents look forward to the annual event as much as children, and ring her early in the year to make sure it is in their diaries.

Mother-of-four Emma Gunn said her two school-age children had a ball, as did the two who are too young for school.

"Our highlight was policeman Andrew - my daughters Samantha and Charlotte Dunn were handcuffed," she said.

The Under-8s event helped get her daughter Charlotte excited about going to school.

"Charlotte starts prep next year, and I couldn't get her home, she was just having a ball.

"It's definitely something you want to hear as a parent - you want them to have good thoughts about school."

Gladstone South State School administrator Mary White said about 200 students from Prep to Year 3 enjoyed activities with the parents and siblings.

"Student leaders joined with teachers and teacher aides to assist the students," she said.

Clinton State School principal Reid Thompson said the activities were an exciting time of involvement and engagement.

"Our Under-8s students and pre-schoolers had a lot of fun participating in each of the activities," he said.

"The staff put a lot of hard work and extra time into preparing.

Prep teacher aide Karen Byron said the event was a highlight of the year.

"Under-8s in Gladstone started in Barney Point and became so popular that it moved to the gardens," she said.

"Clinton State School has been involved in Under -8s for 29 years, with the past six years seeing it being held at our school, with the Clinton community involved.

"I love seeing the children involved and happy and learning through play."

Gladstone Central State School Year 3 teacher Catherine Bartlem said her school held a dress-up day.

"Many students came dressed as what they want to be when they grow up," she said.

"We had teachers, vulcanologists, doctors, nurses, photographers, journalists, entomologists and even a premier!"