They say Easter is a time for new beginnings and that’s true at Gosford Public School.
Easter Hat Parades are a beloved and long standing tradition at primary schools across the Coast.
Known for bringing communities together for one last hoorah before the Easter holidays, the celebration has been abandoned en masse around the region as a casualty of COVID-19, but not at Gosford Public School.
While unable to hold a traditional parade, staff at the school have gotten creative launching the school’s first ever Virtual Easter Hat Parade.
The move mirrors the school’s transition to online learning, with students encouraged to create an Easter Hat and then upload a photo of themselves wearing it to the school’s Facebook page on April 9.
According to Deputy Principal, Peter Allen, if enough students participate, it will effectively make a ‘virtual parade’, with staff to convert the photos into a slideshow to be enjoyed by the community.
Allen said the virtual parade was the school’s way of preserving the tradition and adapting to school life in lockdown.
“The Virtual Easter Hat Parade is an idea conceived by one of our dedicated classroom teachers aimed at providing continuity of extra curricular activities normally celebrated on site.
Interview, Apr 7
Peter Allen, Gosford Public School
Reporter: Dilon Luke