GALLERY: Grandparents share the love on special day
ST JOHN'S Catholic School has celebrated the special bond between grandparents and children, with all nanas and pops invited to attend the annual grandparents day celebrations at the school campus on Friday.
More than 100 relatives attended the morning service, which started with a grandparent-inspired acrostic poem and concluded with students performing speeches, songs and dances.
Deputy principal Ross Penrose, a new grandfather himself, delighted the audience with a speech on the trials and tribulations of becoming a pops.
He summarised the grandparent experience as spending time doing 1000 pushes on a swing, going on a model train for one lap only to find it triple and sitting around an imaginary campfire, taking the wrong piece of imaginary toast, as he played with his grandchildren.
The grandparents were then invited to sit in on a class with their grandchildren, before enjoying a morning tea in the new section of the school.
St John's principal Donaugh Shirley said the event was always popular.
"The day was an unbelievable success,” Ms Shirley said.
"We had a huge turnout of grandparents and parents,” she said.
"It's a beautiful day because it focuses on how important that family extension is - the grandparents value it as much as the kids.
"The family unit is central to the core values here at St John's, we believe we are not little islands unto ourselves, that we belong to a bigger world.
"That world starts
with our family, with our parents, grandparents and extends into our local community.
"I think it's important to take time to appreciate their importance in our children's lives and have a special day where we focus on them and how they value add.”