There were plenty of squeals of delight and disgust from Mooroopna North Primary School students after their principal puckered up to kiss a frog.JENNA BISHOP June 13, 2014 4:23am
Pucker up: Mooroopna North Primary School principal Les Walsh kisses a frog as a result of losing a reading challenge with his students.
As part of a month-long reading challenge at the school, principal Les Walsh agreed to the kiss if the students read at home enough nights during the month.
Yesterday, the deal was sealed as he plucked a green tree frog from the school’s frog tank and kissed it.
Students cheered during the smooch and squealed when it looked like the frog was making a bid for freedom.
Mr Walsh said he was anxious in the lead-up to the big event that the whole school witnessed at a special assembly.
‘‘I was really concerned about the frog jumping away and escaping,’’ he said.
‘‘It was slimy and salty for some strange reason — and I’m going to rinse my mouth out straight away.’’
The as-yet-unnamed frog is one of two that are the school’s pets.
Mr Walsh said it was for a good cause, though.
‘‘We reached our reading challenge target and the students were reading each night of the 28 nights they had to,’’ he said.
Mr Walsh said introducing the frogs had already benefited the children.
‘‘They’ve had a calming effect on some of the children at school. They come in and have a look at them, they’re fascinated by them,’’ he said.
Plans have started for a similar reading challenge next term, set to run for the whole term.
However, the next critter victim had yet to be decided — although Mr Walsh said a chicken coop was being built at the school and there would be chickens at the school next term.
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