Paint Shoalhaven REaD, Yellow & Black (PTSRYB)  is an early learning initiative of Cullunghitti Aboriginal child and family centre in partnership with Shoalhaven Anti-Poverty Committee, Southern Cross Housing and Shoalhaven City Council. PTSRYB began in 2016 as a collaborative working party of early childhood teachers, community organisations, librarians, community workers, local Elders and community members. Rhonda Brain’s Community Early Literacy Program inspired it – Paint the Town REaD, which began in Parkes NSW and is now inspiring communities across Australia.


Paint Shoalhaven REaD, Yellow & Black organisers meet regularly to plan, promote and carry out activities throughout the Shoalhaven that encourage early learning. The aim is to encourage all levels of the community to support Shoalhaven children’s early learning from birth and to make this lots of fun for everyone!


The initiative is split into stages.


Stage 1: The Reading Egg

The Paint the Town Read Mascots from Wollongong ‘Bright Spark’ and Shellharbour ‘Bangu’ at the Launch will deliver the Reading Egg to the Shoalhaven on Monday 27th March at a special book reading event at Harry Swakins Park.  After the delivery, the egg will travel around the Shoalhaven visiting Early Childhood Centres, Playgroups, local festivals, schools and more.


As the children read to the Reading Egg, the Egg will grow.  We have been informed the Egg will hatch during NADOIC week.


Stage 2: Welcome Mascot to the Shoalhaven. 

The mascot will be big and cuddly.  She will mascots make guest appearances throughout the Shoalhaven wherever children are gathering for stories, rhymes, picture-books and songs – at Early Childhood Centres, Playgroups, local festivals and more.

Paint the Shoalhaven REad, Yellow and Black

Recent scientific research has confirmed what many people believed anyway… the first three years of a child’s life [and the months before birth] have an enormous impact on a child’s well-being, learning and behaviour. Brain growth at that time is incredible – 80% -90% of our brain growth and connections occur in these first few years, and we will never get such an opportunity to help our brains as in these early years.

Growing babies’ brains depend on the grown-ups in their lives for stimulation. It’s not hard! Just by taking the time to have fun with little ones… playing games, sharing stories, picture-books, songs, rhymes with babies and toddlers… gives those hungry brains just what they need to reach their potential.​

Why is Early Literacy Important?
Paint the Shoalhaven REad, Yellow and Balck in the Bay and Basin

PSRYB activities in the Bay and Basin area will be coordinated by Sanctuary Point Connect.  If you would like the egg or Mascot (available after July 2017) please contact Christine on 4443 0520. 

Further information

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(a Schools as Community Centres Project)

in the grounds of Sanctuary Point Public School

41 Idlewild Avenue, Sanctuary Point NSW 2540  |   Telephone: (02) 4443 0520




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