It was an Easter weekend like no other, but the COVID-19 warnings and restrictions failed to dampen spirits with many community members finding innovative ways to connect and celebrate.

Pilliga Public School held a virtual Easter bonnet hat parade for students and their siblings to ensure the tradition could continue in some form.

“Congratulations to all of the students at Pilliga Public School who took part in our virtual Easter Hat Parade,” said principal Seonaid Stewart.

“The staff were really disappointed that we couldn’t hold our parade as we usually do, so we thought we would challenge our students to create their hats using their own individual designs and to send us their pictures.

“Members of our teaching staff Georgie Wanford, Fran Doolan and Shellie Phelps created art packs that were delivered to the students to ensure there was nothing preventing them from displaying their artistic talents.

“Everyone showed how resourceful they were to produce theses imaginative creations.

“It was extremely difficult to judge winners for each category but we finally decided that the winners and runners up respectively are Reign-John Knowles and Kolby Churchland for playgroup, Lachlan Smith and Ryan Steele for Infants and Tyrell Cashen and Jai Doolan for Primary.

“Prizes will be given out next term, when the staff will be looking forward to welcoming the students back to school as soon as possible,” said Mrs Stewart.

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