24 July, 2022
Students spend morning with Stig
Sending the students into a whirlwind of giggles and smiles a few weeks ago, well known narrator and performer Stig Wemyss, known as Stig, graced Gilgandra Public School hall for a morning of storytelling and entertainment.
Stig performed to Gilgandra Public
and St Joey’s students, encouraging
everyone to head to Gilgandra Shire
Library and become members.
Well known for his narrations of
Andy Griffiths books, Stig wanted to
encourage all students to utilise their
“The students have a wonderful time,
it’s hilarious, but they go away thinking
that guy was talking about ‘Borrow Box’
and audio books,” said Stig.
“Research has told us that children
who use audio books along with reading
as well, lifts their vocabulary, their attention
of information, all through the roof.”
But Stig wasn’t the only one making
an impression. Gilgandra’s dedicated
librarian Liz McCutcheon made Stig’s
visit extra special.
“I talk a lot about Andy Griffiths, and
his famous for his ‘Treehouse’ books.
“So the librarian has built a bare truck
tree house with no leaves on it, and the
idea was, at the show, we would hand out
these leaves and give them to the students
to encourage them to come into the
library and pin them to the tree,” said
“That way they will build their own
tree house at the library with their name
on it. And of course, while they’re in
there, they can sign up to become library
members which is what we want.”
Stig has been on tour throughout the
central west and was very impressed by
Gilgandra’s dedication to their students.
“Every school and library are different,
but the schools and librarian in
Gilgandra are just absolutely dedicated.
Its really great when find teachers and
librarians who are so dedicated to making
the best possible chance for our children.”
On top of the library’s very own tree
house, a writing competition was held, in
which the winner’s story would be performed
and read aloud by Stig in his
“The girl who won was unable to be
at the performance, but they filmed me
reading out her story and a personal message
to her – and her story was great, it
was so great,” said Stig.
“She’s year four or five, nine years
old, and her story was sophisticated,
clever, moving. When I read it out to the
students you could have heard a pin drop,
it had a better response than Andy
Stig last visited Gilgandra over five years ago, and was thrilled to be back in town.