Hard-line librarian, Ms Patricia McLeish, has laid down the law on student costumes for today’s Book Week celebrations.
If just one kid turns up in a footy uniform and claims to be Specky Magee, I’ll shirtfront them Mark Yeates-Dermott Brereton style.
In her straight-to-the-point manner, Ms McLeish stated, ‘If just one kid turns up in a footy uniform and claims to be Specky Magee, I’ll shirtfront them Mark Yeates-Dermott Brereton style.’ The librarian whacked her right shoulder, signalling her intent before going on to explain, ‘I’m sick of students putting no thought whatsoever into their Book Week costume and then chucking on their footy gear at the last minute and pretending to be Specky Magee, one of the Selwood boys or even Maxx Rumble. Those kids haven’t even read a single one of those books.’
And it isn’t only footy-loving students McLeish has her sights set on. ‘There’s been a proliferation of sportspeople releasing children’s books in recent years and there is a direct correlation between those releases and the decreasing amount of effort put in to student Book Week costumes.’ Asked to explain her theory, McLeish continued. ‘Glenn Maxwell, David Warner and Ellyse Perry have all released cricket books. Now all the cricket-nuff students are wearing their cricket whites for the Book Week dress-up. The students who love basketball are now in on the game with Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova releasing kids’ books. Sport is celebrated every other day. Book Week is about literature!’
In an effort to force students to put effort into their costume, McLeish has introduced a new rule. ‘Any student I see, dressed in a sports uniform, will be required to complete a written test demonstrating their understanding of the book and book character they claim to be dressed as.’ And what if students fail the test? ‘They can get changed back into their school uniform. I’d rather them not be dressed up at all than simply wearing their sports gear and pretending to be a character from a book they’ve never read.’
Any student I see, dressed in a sports uniform, will be required to complete a written test demonstrating their understanding of the book and book character they claim to be dressed as.
McLeish seems destined for a clash with Physical Education teacher, Mr Stu Richards, who a short time earlier arrived at school wearing his Carlton Blues football jumper. It seems however, Mr Richards has other motivations. ‘I didn’t even realise today was the Book Week dress-up,’ he said, shrugging his shoulders. ‘I just wore my mighty Blues jumper as all my other shirts are dirty.’