Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day is always a special time at St Peters and the 2015 event did not disappoint!
Perfect weather greeted our special visitors and there was a buzz about the school with 200 excited students ready to share musical and dramatic performances and a unique and personal view into their classrooms. The St Peters Church burst at the seams as classes presented items specially prepared for their audience; ranging from humorous poems about ageing to a dramatisation of the book Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox, a spectacular percussion performance by the Year 7 class and beautiful singing by the Early Learning Centre students. In commemoration of 100 years since the Gallipoli landing the whole-school performed For Love of Country – visibly moving a number of the audience. The song, written by local indigenous singer/songwriter Vonda Last, was “inspired by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who served their country, and in many cases sacrificed their lives, in a time when they weren’t even recognised by the Government as citizens of Australia” (source: https://www.awm.gov.au/shop/item/CDFORLOVE/).
When the focus moved to the classrooms, the atmosphere was especially warm with lots of Grandpa and Grandma hugs and giggles of excitement as the young ones shared their learning with these special people.
“I love having Grandma and Papa here on Grandparents Day”, said Christopher (Room 2, Year 6), “because I get to show them what I’m learning in the classroom and I’m proud of what we do”.
“It’s important for grandparents to see what happens inside the classrooms”, commented Merry Sturges (Grandma to Mary, Room 2) “because things have changed a lot since we were parents. Back then we weren’t invited to see anything that was going on. This is wonderful!”
Ken Semmler attended his tenth Grandparents Day this year and commented that he loves being part of the enthusiasm of the children. “It’s a credit to children and to the staff at St Peters that they unselfishly share and enjoy doing good things for others.” He added that their genuine love for one another is evident in the way they interact with each other and with their guests.
A special thank you to the Parents and Friends who provided a delicious morning tea. Everyone went away with a smile on their face and a full tummy.
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