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Boys' School Grandparents' Day

September 26, 2013 at 2:33 PM

‘If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I'd have had them first.’ 
Lois Wyse

Grandparents Day (8).JPGThe Boys’ School were delighted at the amazing turnout at this year’s Grandparents’ Day. In a bold move it was decided to hold a full-school event rather than smaller syndicate gatherings and so we welcomed well in excess of 500 grandparents to the Jubilee Sports Centre. In anticipation of the large numbers, extra parking was secured at Bloodworth Park and the sports staff ran a shuttle bus service up and down the road!

As the Grannies, Grandmas and Nanas entered, to their surprise and delight they were presented with a colourful gerbera from the Junior School boys before taking their seat to listen to the Jazz Band play followed by a rousing Haka.

In his address, Principal, Mr Peter Cassie said it was an honour to welcome so many special guests to the School and acknowledged the vital role that grandparents play with some tongue-in-cheek anecdotes.

‘The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.’ 

‘When a child is born, so are grandmothers.’ 

‘Do you know why grandchildren are always so full of energy?  They suck it out of their grandparents!’ 

‘On the seventh day God rested.  His grandchildren must have been out of town.’

Grandparents Day (7).JPGOur guests were then escorted by the Year 8 boys to visit their grandsons’ classrooms, amid much excitement, and 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 both JC Chalmers Hall and the Function Centre, fully catered by the parents themselves. We give our thanks to them; we know our guests certainly enjoyed it!

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