Kindergarten pupils at St Anthony’s Primary School, Girraween experienced a fun start to their school career on Friday with a petting zoo set up as part of Ignition Day.
They fed and touched rabbits, chicks, baby goats, sheep, a cow and Peppa the pig during the hour-long event which aimed to kickstart the pupil’s learning.
Click on the arrow below to see a video of the pupils enjoying time with their visitors.
Principal Cheryl Brown said children would reflect on and share their experiences.
‘‘The idea is to inspire learning in children when they come back to school,’’ she said.
‘‘They can be a bit hesitant, but we want to start learning from day one.
‘‘Often when students come from all different experiences in the holidays, they have lots to share but there’s nothing that’s connected.
‘‘So it’s building the big ideas and getting them to talk about the experiences they share as a team.’’
On Thursday, emergency service vehicles lined the playground and gave pupils from year 1 to 6 a chance to meet the ambulance, fire, State Emergency Services, and police workers that make their community a safer place.
Year 6 pupil Amber Palmer said the morning activities included heart rate checks by an ambulance officer, colouring-in packs from the police and being able to dress up in the SES workers’ gear.
‘‘It was a big surprise when I pulled up at school because I didn’t know this was happening,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a good idea.’’
Year 5 pupil Ante Furjanic described the day as ‘‘awesome’’.
‘‘It was interesting hearing what they do in their jobs and nice to know they can help in an emergency, like if a tree has fallen on your roof or if you’re in danger,’’ he said of the SES.
‘‘It was fun.
‘‘They bring out the throw bag and different tools they use to help people.’’