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2014 Boys' School Grandparents' Day

October 22, 2014 at 8:04 AM

The initial response to the invitation to this year’s Grandparents’ Day suggested that we could expect 492 visitors ….as our special guests poured into the Jubilee Sports Centre,  the call went out for more chairs as it became abundantly clear that the final guest list was closer to 600, leaving standing room only for the welcome!

A group of selected Junior boys stood proudly to attention at the entrance, handing out 400 single roses to the surprise of the Grannies, Grandmas and Nanas as they arrived to take their seats. When all were settled, Head Boy, Ben Lerner, welcomed one and all, telling the Grandparents about their special place in the lives of the boys, ‘Because we don’t see you so often, you never tire of us. At least you pretend you don’t!’

The boys followed with a hair-raising haka that has become more polished with each performance before the gold award winning Jazz Band played two numbers with a featured solo from trumpeter, Jonte Samuels.  

Principal, Mr Peter Cassie came forward in welcome saying that our boys are fortunate to have such people in their lives who so readily provide unconditional love and support. He acknowledged the distances that our visitors have travelled from as far south as Dunedin to Kerikeri in the north and everywhere in between – with special thanks to those who made the trip from Australia, the USA and England!

He also took a moment to acknowledge all the grandparents who weren’t able to be with us, knowing full well that they were with us in spirit. He went on to tell our guests that, ‘We are proud of your grandsons and are honoured to have them at our school. Their contribution in all aspects of school life is appreciated. All we ask in return is for them to strive for excellence and not settle for anything less than their best, which is achievable with the right attitude and focus. We want the boys to be proud of themselves, their families and their school.’

He concluded by saying, ‘We cannot underestimate the important part you play in our boys’ lives. When you make a phone call, visit, spend holidays with the wider family, attend events together or take them places, you are directly influencing your grandchildren. You are valued role models and mentors.’

He then set them some ‘homework!’ He asked them to make a lasting story of their lives, knowing that these life stories grow in value to grandchildren as they grow older. He encouraged them to do this for their families – Make a Memory – and then told them that their homework was due in next year, no excuses!

Our guests were then escorted to visit their grandsons’ classrooms, amid much excitement, and to tour the school before taking time out for morning tea. The Parents and Friends are to be applauded for the incredible spread laid out in JC Chalmers Hall, fully catered by the parents themselves. We give our thanks to them; we know our guests certainly enjoyed it!

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