HARRY Potter, Matilda, Goldilocks, Minecraft Steve and the Velveteen Rabbit are just some of the interesting characters who turned up at schools across Australia this week. Thousands of schoolkids dressed up as their favourite literary characters for National Book Week.

Each year The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) invites everyone to get involved, get stuck into a book and celebrate reading during the annual event.

Each year our school joins this wonderful and worthwhile event. We get terrific support from parents, carers and grandparents who work with school staff and their children to get into costume and celebrate the joy books bring into our lives.

I was thrilled to see so many of our families join their children in Mort Hall to see all the characters and learn about the books the children had read to inspire their costumes.

When I returned to my office I sent an e-mail to all staff and I am sure you will agree with my message to them.

I wanted to take the time to congratulate each and every one of you for the hard work, research, commitment, support and goodwill that went into this very impressive school event.

The sense of fun in the costumes you wear, the colour of the costumes across the hall, the total attention of the students, the people that stepped up to the plate in the absence of Tom and Claire, the slickness of the organisation that sits behind parade, confirmed for me again how the culture of this school provides a very special educational environment for our students.

You are a fabulous staff to work with and from a personal perspective make it a joy to be part of the Atwell school community.

Congratulations again and thanks so much for your input and hard work in making this another very successful event that engages all our families, staff and students.

David Lee – Principal