Girls’ School Grandparents’ Day
October 24, 2019 at 3:27 PM
It was that exciting time of the year again when Grandparents streamed through the Girls’ School gates to be greeted by their young ones. Grandparents’ Day is the special day on the calendar when the students are given the opportunity to show their loved ones around the school and give them an insight into the exciting things they are learning in the classroom.
On arrival, the grandparents were formally welcomed by Deputy Principal, Mrs Jill Wahlstrom and Head Girl, Jamie Chandler, before the Kapa Haka group, led by Year 8 students, Xarya Knox and Levonah Motuliki performed. The group opened with a prayer followed by E te Hokowhitu – Tuini Ngawai and Kia Tau – The Benediction. The girls performed with great poise and displayed great technique and skills when it came to the poi.
Principal, Ms Juliet Small spoke about the important role that grandparents play in the development of a child, stating the ‘Grandparents, like heroes, are as necessary to a child’s growth as vitamins.’ Ms Small thanked the grandparents from visiting before handing the stage over to the Orchestra who beautifully played, ‘Castle in The Sky’ by Joe Hisaishi and ‘My Favourite Thing’ by Richard Rodgers (arranged by Michael Jenkins).
To conclude the welcoming, Year 5 students, Gemma Berkovits and Jeanna Ho performed a well-polished scene from Cinderella by Jack Neary, and the Highland Belles sang ‘The Wind’ by New Zealand Composer, David Hamilton.
After the formalities, the Prefects led the grandparents to their appropriate classrooms to meet their grandchild and/or grandchildren. It was great to see the interactions between the generations and the excited looks on the grandparents’ faces as they attempted to navigate the latest technology gadgets in the Senior School STEAM classrooms. The library book sale was popular once again with excited girls buzzing around to choose a book, taking a moment to read it together with their grandparents.
The successful morning concluded with a shared morning tea in the hall. We thank the Parents and Friends for their assistance with this and to the visiting grandparents for coming along to share a special morning at school.
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