GALLERY: Eden Public School turns purple

Eden Public School was a sea of purple on Wednesday, as staff and students raised awareness for epilepsy and came out in support of K-2GB student Jaidyn Fox.

Jaidyn was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of three, and when his mother Kristin Vermazen came across the concept of Purple Day on Facebook, she saw it as a great opportunity.

“I thought it would be good for Jaidyn to learn not to be ashamed of it or to be embarrassed, and want to talk about it,” Kristin said.

 “I spoke to (teacher) Emma Bolton, and she was really happy to do it.”

Teachers took the opportunity to educate students on how to help if one of their classmates has a seizure; something Kristin said is an important lesson.

“They’ve really done a lot to help him ever since kindergarten,” she said.

“They talk about it, ask me what he needs, and if they’re unsure about anything they ring me, so they’re very helpful.”

Kristin Vermazen organised Purple Day at Eden Public School, to help raise awareness for her son Jaidyn (left), while his brother Lochlainn went the extra mile by sporting purple hair for the occasion.

Kristin Vermazen organised Purple Day at Eden Public School, to help raise awareness for her son Jaidyn (left), while his brother Lochlainn went the extra mile by sporting purple hair for the occasion.

Eden Public School really got behind Purple Day, with (back, from left) Rahul Mudaliar, Jack Clodwell, Ashton Flint and Jack Pollock turning out in purple, along with (front, from left) Rhani Stranevi and Brooke Chester.

Eden Public School really got behind Purple Day, with (back, from left) Rahul Mudaliar, Jack Clodwell, Ashton Flint and Jack Pollock turning out in purple, along with (front, from left) Rhani Stranevi and Brooke Chester.

Ava Epe, Darcy Swane and Maggie Richardson made their statement by wearing purple to school on Wednesday.

Ava Epe, Darcy Swane and Maggie Richardson made their statement by wearing purple to school on Wednesday.

Even the hulk made an appearance at Eden Public School’s Purple Day celebrations, thanks to Nathan McMahon (right), pictured with Eliza O’Dell (left) and Chloe Kingsley.

Even the hulk made an appearance at Eden Public School’s Purple Day celebrations, thanks to Nathan McMahon (right), pictured with Eliza O’Dell (left) and Chloe Kingsley.

Eden Public School students (from left) Tanner Upton, Emily Fulton and Imogen Webster at Purple Day on Wednesday.

Eden Public School students (from left) Tanner Upton, Emily Fulton and Imogen Webster at Purple Day on Wednesday.

Purple Day was a hit with (from left) Jayden Rogers, Jack Young and Riley Stevensons at Eden Public School on Wednesday.

Purple Day was a hit with (from left) Jayden Rogers, Jack Young and Riley Stevensons at Eden Public School on Wednesday.

Lochlainn Fox (left) and Riley Knowles (right) wore purple to support Jaidyn Fox (centre), who was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of three.

Lochlainn Fox (left) and Riley Knowles (right) wore purple to support Jaidyn Fox (centre), who was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of three.

Eden Public School celebrated World Purple Day, with (from left) Shanoa Bamblett, Charlee Hughs and Lilly Romobouts-Wattam wearing purple to raise awareness for epilepsy.

Eden Public School celebrated World Purple Day, with (from left) Shanoa Bamblett, Charlee Hughs and Lilly Romobouts-Wattam wearing purple to raise awareness for epilepsy.

Purple Day was celebrated by (from left) Bridie Farrel, Courtney Hardy and Rhiannon Connolly at Eden Public School on Wednesday.

Purple Day was celebrated by (from left) Bridie Farrel, Courtney Hardy and Rhiannon Connolly at Eden Public School on Wednesday.

Eden Public School students donned their best purple outfit to celebrate Purple Day for epilepsy awareness on Wednesday.

Eden Public School students donned their best purple outfit to celebrate Purple Day for epilepsy awareness on Wednesday.