Odd socks show support for Lily
Spotted, striped and brightly coloured socks kept Whakarongo School pupils' minds on Down syndrome, and in support of their classmate Lily Romeril.
About 300 pupils and staff wore odd socks after the parent of a pupil with Down syndrome came forward with an idea to raise awareness on World Down Syndrome Day yesterday.
The international awareness day is held on March 21 because the syndrome is caused by all, or part of, a third copy of chromosome 21.
Debbie Romeril, Lily's mother, got in touch with the school and asked if pupils would be able to participate in the international event.
"The school has been absolutely fantastic with Lily. She is included in everyday classes and this week went to swimming sports," she said.
"I said to the school this is the international symbol, how about everyone at the school wears their uniform and odd socks.
"It's about increasing awareness so more people will become aware by asking questions about why they have odd socks on."
Whakarongo School deputy principal and special needs co-ordinator Lesley Jeffery said the school was more than happy to support its students and raise awareness.
"We've had two children attend school with Down syndrome. We only have one now, and we thought the odd sock day was a great idea," she said.
"We're always looking for ways to make children feel included at school and the feedback was very positive."