HUNTER primary students have enjoyed an egg-cellent start to the school holidays by unleashing their inner artist for Easter hat parades.
Hamilton South Public principal Sue Estens said the school had previously drawn up to 600 visitors to watch about 200 students from kindergarten to year two - and the support unit - showcase their colourful creations.
"We stopped it for a number of years but brought it back about five years ago - it's a tradition and a fun thing to do," she said.
"All of the hats are made in class.
"The kids design their own, although teachers have templates they can use.
"There's no parents helping behind the scenes, although they can bring in materials to share with the class."
Ms Estens said the students were "very, very proud" of their hats, which reflect their personalities.
"We often see something random stuck on!"
She said families donated eggs and other items for 141 baskets, which were raffled and raised about $5000 for classroom resources.