Reality becomes truer than fiction at Sharonlea Primary

Tiana Pillay, Kami Alison- Engelbrecht and Oratile Khoza blew pixie dust at Sharonlea Primary School.

If you happened to spot a pirate or maybe even a fairy or two, they must have been headed to Sharonlea Primary School where they recently celebrated literacy week.

The principal of the school, Carla Hercules, said they started off the week by inviting The Travelling Bookshop and the children had the opportunity to buy some of their favourite books.

“They chose their favourite characters from the books they read and dressed up like them for the day.”

She added that prizes were given for best dressed, read some books and did a show and tell too.

Pirates are ready to take what’s yours at Sharonlea Primary School.


Disney princesses make life at Sharonlea Primary School a little sweeter.

Hercules, dressed in a fairy costume, shared that this year the most common character was Maya the bee, the main character in The Adventures of Maya the Bee, which is a character taken from a German book which has since been published in many languages.

“There were also many pirates as well as, of course, all the Marvel characters. Teachers also went all out with their costumes.”

Dumisani Moyo (Harry Potter) and Katelyn Marshall (The cat) get magical at Sharonlea Primary School.


Kendall Gilbert with the principal, Carla Hercules, and fellow teachers, Mel Naidoo, Samantha Botes and Pieter Botha get into character for Literacy Week.


The superheroines take over Sharonlea Primary School.


Such days are important in schools as they not only promote literacy, they also show how reading can be lots of fun.

“Some children can identify with the characters and it was interesting to hear why the children chose certain characters and how these roles can make them feel confident and powerful. It makes the children feel special and they look forward to this day,” said Hercules.

The travelling bookshop is still at the school, with parents buying more books for their children to read.


Paul Harber (Mad Hatter) with Andrea Mahalingam (Alice in Wonderland) along with teacher, Samantha Botes and Tazneem Theys (Mad Hatter) dress up as characters for literacy week at Sharonlean Primary School.


The cowboys get ready for their rodeo at Sharonlea Primary School.

“We realise that parents do not have the time to take their child to bookstores anymore, hence, why we invited The Travelling Bookshop to the school so that parents can come at their own leisure.”

Books that were bought quickly were books by Roald Dahl, Harry Potter Series and Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

The corridors of Sharonlea Primary are fiercely protected by these superheroes.


Tebogo Mashau as Moana, and Kimona Chetty as Supergirl, show how important girl power is.

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