Geelong Cats Storytime.

“We want to hear another one!” “We love the cats!” “I’ve got that book.” Cries of joy came from my students at school this week. Together we enjoyed the Geelong Cats Storytime thanks to their collaboration with our friends at Villawood. There are seven stories posted to date and all have brilliant positive messages which lead to great discussions.

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For example, this week is Refugee Week and to celebrate, Rhys Stanley reads ‘I am Australian too’ by local author Mem Fox. The book supports Australia’s cultural diversity and ‘The Year of Welcome’.

Indigenous player Quinton Narkle reads ‘I love me’ by Sally Morgan and Ambelin Kwaymullina in recognition of National Reconciliation Week. Cam Guthrie reads ‘Ali the Shiny Sparkly Unicorn’ by local author Ali Villani and Nic Cunningham, which has the message, be bold, be brave, be kind and most importantly, be yourself!

AFLW player Anna Teague reads ‘Some Girls’ by Nelly Thomas which celebrates diversity and individuality among girls. The message is, all girls can be different and unique and be whoever they want to be. Anna goes on to suggest four important things to remember, as this was posted during isolation: stick to a routine, keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water, eat healthy foods and get plenty of exercise.

Thanks Villawood and thanks Geelong Cats for being great role models.

Story: Jacqui Bennett. Photo: supplied