MALLALA Primary School students and teachers have taken a much more comfy approach to a school day, wearing their best nightwear to class in a bid to raise money for school equipment.
A pyjama day fundraiser was organised by the school’s Student Voice Group (SVG) and required students and teachers to contribute a gold coin donation, in order to wear their best nightwear for the occasion.
Mallala Primary School counsellor Helen Lindstrom assisted the SVG in holding the event and said the day is a welcome distraction from the normal rigors of day-to-day school life for students.
“Every term the school does a casual or special dress up day where the kids can wear whatever clothes they like,” she said.
“Normally, the theme is decided upon by the SVG, who also identify a chosen charity or cause so we can do some fundraising.”
Year seven student, and one of the chair people of the SVG, Juliette Murrin-Neilson said the group had identified a need for picnic rugs to be provided to students, so that they could sit on them on the grass at lunch times.
“We had some picnic rugs donated to be used by students, but we wanted to raise some money to get some more, so more people could use them,” she said.
“The school raised more than $150 on the day, which will be used to get more picnic rugs.”
Ms Lindstrom said the SVG has organised a number of different activities for its student body in the past, and has shown a particular aptitude to fundraising.
“The SVG meets every week and has been really good at raising money,” she said.
“It has helped raise money for the Cancer Council, for wombat protection and even for those who suffered during the Pinery bushfires in 2015.”