Silly socks brighten the day

Repton Public: Mrs Glyde, Mr Stanley, Mrs Buckley, Mrs Lemmes and Ms Mar with students from K-6.
Repton Public: Mrs Glyde, Mr Stanley, Mrs Buckley, Mrs Lemmes and Ms Mar with students from K-6.

Repton Public School students celebrated World Down syndrome day on Monday March 23 with an abundance of colourful socks.

To recognise the day and educate the students about Down syndrome, staff and students wore crazy socks to school with their school uniforms.

Staff taught students about the genetic disorder, which occurs when a person has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21.

Principal, Mrs Kristy Glyde said it was an opportunity for everyone to better understand Down syndrome and reinforce accepting others for their individual differences.

"We have a student at our school with this syndrome and our students are very supportive and understanding of his needs and know the importance of inclusivity," she said.

"Having a fun day involving dressing up in colourful socks allows others to ask questions and learn more about Down Syndrome."

Parent Toni Swain said it was wonderful to see kids embracing difference.\

"Sometimes this involves learning a new skill, like sign language, which the students here have learnt in order to communicate with [my son] Digby," she said. "It's fun, and he loves it!"