PJ DAY: Dalby South State School deputy principal Kate Paynter, Jasper the Jellybean, deputy principal Lyn Fletcher and Principal David Kucks.
PJ DAY: Dalby South State School deputy principal Kate Paynter, Jasper the Jellybean, deputy principal Lyn Fletcher and Principal David Kucks.

PJ Day at Dalby South State School

AS WINTER approaches and the temperature begins to plummet, cold mornings in the Western Downs have many of us wishing we could stay in our pyjamas all day.

For staff and students at Dalby South State School on Friday, that became a reality on Friday with the school’s pyjama themed free dress day.

The free dress day was held to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

There are currently 122,300 Australians living with type 1 diabetes and six new cases diagnosed every day.

“We have a few people in our school community who have type 1 diabetes so it’s a really important day for us to mark, and we wanted to promote awareness for jnr diabetes,” deputy principal Kate Paynter said.

“One student who has diabetes has a family who are really keen to promote awareness and assist with an understanding about what it’s like to live with diabetes.

“He and the family gave a really good presentation about what it means to live with diabetes including insulin and managing food, and a teacher aid who has diabetes spoke about it as well. It was a really powerful message.”

This year was the school’s second ‘Come Dressed in your Pyjamas’ day.

The theme was chosen to represent the fact that people living with diabetes often have to get up in the middle of the night to check their insulin; resulting in compromised sleep.

Throughout the day the school raised over $1200.

“Everybody made gold coin donations for dressing up, and a stall selling goodies from the Diabetes Foundation,” Mrs Paynter said.

“They (students) were pretty excited about coming to school in their PJs, especially in winter.”

“Lots of class get into it too; we had lots of onesies and animal suits, and some wore slippers and dressing gowns.”

Dalby South State School would like to thank the Cloete family for their support.


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