MONKEY BUSINESS: Lilly-Rose Preston adds her own beat to the Drum Kitty Workshop at the Little Monkeys 8 and Under celebrations for small schools' students Monkland State School.
MONKEY BUSINESS: Lilly-Rose Preston adds her own beat to the Drum Kitty Workshop at the Little Monkeys 8 and Under celebrations for small schools' students Monkland State School.

Little bit of monkey business for small schools' under-8s

FUN was the order of the day at Monkland State School last Wednesday as nearby smalls schools and their young communities combined to celebrate being eight and under.

The Little Monkeys 8 and Under celebration was organised to encourage transition to schools for students of small, rural and remote schooling.

With several small schools invited on the day, it was also a great opportunity for students to network, mingle and just have fun.

Avril Vrbancic (front) Makayla McAuliffe mkae new friends in the Petting Zoo during under-8s Week at Monkland State School.
Avril Vrbancic (front) Makayla McAuliffe make new friends in the Petting Zoo at Monkland State School.

The inaugural free event at Monkland was host to creative art industry and entertainment presenters from across the Gympie region including a petting zoo, Crafty Jane's bamboo tepee of Pom-Pom fun. recycled instruments with the Drum Kitty Workshop, Spun Mud ceramics and more than 15 creative and colourful art and craft activities to make and take home.

Gypsy Grind Coffee ensured the mums, dads and teachers kept up with the children and the Monkland P&C enriched the day with a free sausage sizzle and ice-block.

tee-pee fun
Tepee fun at Monkland State School.

Principal Ben Ryan and the team at Monkland responsible for organising the event said the day was all about fun.

"With the busy teaching and learning tempo in schools and our high expectations we need to make time to celebrate the curiosity, creativity and fun of being eight and under,” Mr Ryan said.

Monkland State School thanks all the contributors for the day and welcome them all back to be Little Monkeys again next year.