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The Underlibrary of Unofficial Histories. Photo Kurt Petersen.

The students and families of St Joseph’s Primary School, Woodburn, like many flood-affected areas, have been having a tough time.

St Joseph’s was ruined by the floods and some students also lost their homes.

This week the NORPA theatre company (whose home at Lismore City Hall was also severely impacted by the flood) brought a bit of joy and wonder to the students with an interactive performance of ‘The Underlibrary of Unofficial Histories’.

Helping the kids of St Joseph’s have a great day. Photo Kurt Petersen.

The touring show, created by NORPA in association with the Catholic Schools Office Diocese of Lismore, relates directly to the NSW primary school history syllabus. ‘The Underlibrary of Unofficial Histories’ is part performance, part game that immerses the children in a quest to solve clues and unlock mysteries.

The performance took place in Evans Head where St Joseph’s Primary School is now based while the clean-up continues at Woodburn.

Teacher at the school Sheree said it was wonderful for the children to be immersed in the experience of history and time travel and problem solving.

‘What a great way to take their minds off the things that are currently happening and to get lost in their imaginations,’ said Michelle, another of the teachers.

NORPA’s Engagement Coordinator, Frauke Hahn, said NORPA is so happy to still be able to deliver this experience to school children in the region despite what we have all been through. ‘It is so rewarding to see the smiles on their faces and for us to create this world together.’

NORPA’s Underlibrary of Unofficial Histories will be touring schools in Lismore, Alstonville and Byron Bay next term.

More information about the show can be found at www.norpa.org.au/productions


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