Every year students and staff at this Trinity South school celebrate the contribution grandparents have made to their lives and to the province. This year’s event included numerous performers and a surprise visit from a well-known group.
Collins was at the Dildo school as part of Grandparents Day held June 10. The annual event, hosted in many schools throughout the Eastern School District, provides students with an opportunity to show appreciation to their grandparents and celebrate their heritage.
Jump in and Swim, Just call my name, Long Gone are the Daysand the Lights of Home were just a few of the songs Collins performed to a crowd of cheering students and grandparents.
“I get many requests to attend events and because my schedule is so tight, I can’t attend them all, but events like this one at Woodland I don’t get to do often enough,” said Collins. “I’ve really enjoyed myself and the students have been fantastic.”
Many times while performing Collins would pause for a moment while students carried right on singing. tions like the Grandparents Day at Woodland.
“Newfoundland is a place where hospitality and friendship is not a business, but a way of life,” he said. “It’s part of who we are, our culture, which is why it is so important for students to learn about their heritage in a manner like this, that is both educational and fun.
Collins feels students in the province are more in tuned with their Newfoundland culture than ever before.
“Music and the power of radio plays an important part in encouraging and developing an interest in our culture, but teachers deserve a lot of credit as well,” he said.“They’re being very creative. They’re combining Newfoundland music and the fine arts with many courses or parts of the school curriculum. In doing it this way students are more inter- parents Day celebration at Woodland and this year was no exception. The retired teacher, along with Collins, performed several songs during the event.
Music teacher, Leila Brown organized this year’s Grandparents Day. Brown along with Angela Clarke, are the current Grade 5 teachers at the school.
The event is part of the Grade 5 Social Studies program.
“There’s a unit in the Social Studies book called Grandparent Days where students learn about how their grandparents lived, what life was like in Newfoundland when they were young...foods they ate, what school was like, the songs they sang and much more,” said Brown.
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