Hair care with a twist for pupils


Books and Braids: St Francis Xavier Primary School pupils Jenny and Layla, left and Chantelle in mirror, reflect on the joy of reading at hair care sessions at the school. Picture: Gary Sissons

BOOKS and braids may seem a baffling match to promote literacy but it’s a combination that’s working to encourage St Francis Xavier Primary School pupils to turn pages while sitting still for hair care sessions.

The Frankston school’s literacy leader Lindsey Kennedy decided to introduce “books and braids” sessions during lunchtime breaks on Mondays and Fridays.

Eight pupils at a time are invited to choose from a selection of books to read while waiting to get their hair styled and braided by Grade 5 and 6 girls.

“It’s proving to be popular,” Ms Walker said. “And it’s open to boys — I’ve heard some boys are growing their hair just to come along.”

The teacher says she was inspired to introduce the hair-raising reading sessions at St Francis Xavier Primary School after a teaching friend in the US had success with the concept.

Literary hairdresser Jennifer said: “I like it so much, it is not just good for us, it is good for them.

“If they don’t know a word, I help them. Coming to our hair salon is a different environment to enjoy literacy. I wish I had one of these when I was younger.”

First published in the Frankston Times – 8 January 2018

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