Wel­com­ing el­ders with open arms

Honour­ing the lives of our grandies

Whitsunday Times - - KIDS’ ZONE -

GRANDPARENTS day at the Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege last week of­fered a spe­cial way for gen­er­a­tions to con­nect.

The an­nual event is a way to cel­e­brate and hon­our the lives of an older gen­er­a­tion who were very spe­cial to the school.

Foun­da­tion phase co-or­di­na­tor El­marie van der Westhuizen said the turn out this year was es­pe­cially good for a day which was ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated by the stu­dents.

More than 65 grandparents turned out for what Ms Van der Westhuizen de­scribed as the big­gest grandparents day ever held.

The chil­dren had pre­pared ques­tions to ask the grandparents about their life and when the guests of hon­our ar­rived an in­ter­view was done in front of the com­plete con­gre­ga­tion.

Each class then per­formed for the grandparents.

Some classes en­acted what it was like to sur­vive a cy­clone while others acted out a vol­canic erup­tion and the lit­tle prep­pies per­formed a song about colours.

The grandparents sat with their grand­chil­dren and all ate morn­ing tea to­gether.

Ms Van der Westhuizen said those kids with­out grandparents adopted one for the day.

“We re­ally want to cel­e­brate them as they are re­ally im­por­tant and spe­cial to us,” she said.

“There is no­body that can fix a head or put a ban­dage on like a grand­par­ent. Noth­ing is too hard for a grand­par­ent to fix.”

Ms Van der Westhuizen said the vis­i­tors to the school thor­oughly en­joyed the morn­ing and the kids had a great time too.

FAM­ILY CON­NEC­TION: Joshua and Hunter Play­ford with nanna and pop at last week's grandparents day.

Jaxon, Ruby and Harper Hen­der­son-Feld­man with their grandad at grandparents day.

Kiara-Lee Cole and ‘Ouma’ Nilo Bal­lance at the Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege grandparents day.

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