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Players from the CA Technologies Brumbies have headed to local primary schools this week to read books to the students as part of Book Week.
Matt Toomua and Jerry Yanuyanutawa spent their Thursday afternoons revisiting some of their childhood favourites for students at Curtin Primary School with titles like Treasure Island and James and the Giant Peach.
Yanuyanutawa is in his final year of study to become a teacher and enjoyed the opportunity to showcase his own skills while helping out the students.
“I usually teach PE so to be sitting in a class room reading from Treasure Island was a bit of a new experience but one that I can certainly say I enjoyed,” Yanuyanutawa said.
“There is a shortage of male teachers in primary schools across Australia so for Matt and I to be able to help raise that profile a little bit while also encouraging the students to read is a fantastic opportunity.”
At just 21 years old, it wasn’t so long ago that Toomua was the one sitting in the classroom back in Brisbane.
But with four years of professional rugby under his belt, the young playmaker looked every bit the adult as he read to the year five and six students.
“James and the Giant Peach was one of my favourite books growing up, it’s a nice story about a kid who was having a tough time only to go through some extraordinary circumstances” Toomua said.
“They all seemed to enjoy the book – we didn’t finish the whole thing today but the teacher has said she will read the rest to the over the next couple of weeks.”