On Wednesday 1st August, 280 excited students and teachers from nine schools across Melbourne descended on the MCG for the Melbourne Football Club’s Read Like a Demon Gala Day.

Gala Day is a celebration of reading and sport, and provided our visiting students with the opportunity to engage in a variety of related activities throughout the day.

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DSC01779 (1)Our guest author, Tony Wilson, got the day off to a flying start with a fun and interactive presentation about his love for both footy and writing. The author of books including ‘The Cow Tripped Over the Moon’, ‘Hickory, Dickory, Dash’ and ‘The Selwood Boys’ shared with our audience his tips for being a great writer (we are looking forward to some very impressive entries in our Write Like a Demon competition next year…) and got everyone up and moving – exercising their limbs and their vocal chords!

Click here to listen to Tony reading ‘The Cow Tripped Over the Moon’ to his son Jack

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Following Tony’s presentation, some of our schools had the opportunity to visit the National Sports Museum at the MCG, and to participate in a Scavenger Hunt around the outside of the stadium where they searched for iconic statues and landmarks. Some of our students also had the opportunity to work with some of our pre-service teachers from Monash University to create some digital animations about Gala Day using Go Animate.

_CJV5959Awards were also handed out over lunch to acknowledge our best book review entries and creative writing entries throughout the year in our ‘Book Review’ competition and our ‘Write Like a Demon’ competition. Congratulations to Indianna Geurts who was awarded ‘Writer of the Year’ and Lara Antalos who was awarded ‘Book Reviewer of the Year’.

Click to scroll through some images from the day

Finally, the day culminated in a trip to Gosch’s Paddock where our visitors had the opportunity to meet some of the most loved players from the Melbourne Football Club – Jesse Hogan, Christian Petracca, Sam Weideman, Dean Kent, Dom Tyson and Angus Brayshaw. The guys enjoyed having the opportunity to share their tips in marking, kicking, handballing and tackling with our students. Even a fun game of Octopus wasn’t off limits!

The day was a huge success, with all our students and teachers heading home with showbags and book packs in hand – and smiles on their faces! We are really looking forward to welcoming all our schools to the MCG again next year.