Student pirates walk the plank at St Francis Xavier
CHANTS of "Yo Ho Ho" rung out across a Mackay primary schoolyard as students embraced their inner pirates for a day.
They were the three classes of Year 1 students at St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School.
Year 1 teacher Kathy Douglas said it was an annual tradition students looked forward to - this year wrapping up their under-the-sea and pirate-themed literacy unit.
Activities included a treasure hunt, rob the nest, pirate dancing, who's the pirate and a walk the plank obstacle course.
"They absolutely love it," Ms Douglas said.
She said the students believed pirates were "mean", "they don't care for people but they care for treasure" and "they get you to walk the plank".
Scrubby Parrot Peyton, aka year one student Peyton Ollett, said being a pirate was "fun because we get to have treasure with gems and money to find".
She would have to watch his stash as fellow pirate Gunpowder Dreadful, aka Tanner Ramsay, said he liked to "steal other people's treasure".
Then there was One-Ear Barbosa, aka Logan Cook, who had just one eye and ear.
When asked how he lost his eye, he replied, "the sharks ate it just like my other ear".
Assistant principal religious education Karen Gaviglio said other year levels also took part in annual theme days, with medieval for the year twos.
"The (students) know now and they wait for it throughout the year," Ms Gaviglio said.
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