All for one and onesies for all

St Mary’s School pupil Stani Cherkun (10) celebrates the move back to Alert Level 1 with fellow...
St Mary’s School pupil Stani Cherkun (10) celebrates the move back to Alert Level 1 with fellow pupils, by wearing onesies yesterday. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
It's not unusual to see skeletons littering the domain of carnivorous animals like tigers, leopards and cheetahs.

What is unusual, is to see them in school playgrounds.

Fortunately, they were just St Mary’s School (Dunedin) pupils dressed up in onesies, celebrating the return to Alert Level 1 yesterday.

Principal Corinne Guthrie was looking for ways to mark the event, and thought, "What better way to celebrate the return to Alert Level 1 than to have a Onesie Day".

She said every pupil in the school dressed in onesies, from animals and unicorns, to builders and their favourite superheroes.

"It was easy to get them to commit to it.

"You only have to mention onesies around here, and they’re all in."

Mrs Guthrie said the pupils were especially excited about the move back to Level 1 because it meant they could play in close proximity to each other again.

"At Level 2, the children were really good at knowing what to do. That included additional hand-washing and spacing where possible.

"Now that we’re back at Level 1, they can get back to doing what kids do best, and that’s being with each other and playing in each other’s company."

She said the move in alert levels would also have a major impact on their learning.

Family and community members play a major part in educating the school’s pupils, and under Level 2, they were not allowed to be on school grounds, she said.

"We have great home and school relationships with our families. So it was difficult for us when they were not here with us.

"There’s been a lot of waving at the gate and support from afar.

"We’re really pleased that we can now go back to normal."

She said the school would have a large assembly with parents on Friday, with music and dance, and a showcase of some of the learning the pupils had done over the past month.

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