Christmas in July challenge

Geraldton Guardian
Christmas may be months away but one Geraldton primary school is already getting into the spirit of things.
Camera IconChristmas may be months away but one Geraldton primary school is already getting into the spirit of things. Credit: The Geraldton Guardian

Official festivities may be six months away, but Rangeway Primary School in Geraldton is already getting a jump-start on Christmas by making a decorated tree — out of people.

The human tree project is the school’s submission to the National Treasures competition, a Statewide contest in which schools try to create WA’s best decorated tree.

In a competition twist, all 315 Rangeway Primary students planned to lie on the school oval this week in the shape of a 59m-high Christmas tree, covered by a layer of tinsel, baubles and other decorations.

The school planned to use a drone to take an aerial photograph of the students, which will be submitted with entries from at least 10 other WA schools, including Mullewa District High School.

Aboriginal Family Law Services’ Jaime Rayson, who visits Rangeway Primary School regularly to run activities and reach children about legal services, spearheaded the project.

She said the human tree would resemble the colours of the Aboriginal flag in conjunction with NAIDOC Week and would hopefully be enough to edge out the rest of the competition.

“The best tree wins the school $5000,” Ms Rayson said. “Now, that’s a lot of money.”

Residents can vote on their favourite Christmas tree between July 6 and July 26 by downloading the National Treasures app.

The Rangeway school’s tree is being mapped by Heyhoe Surveys.

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