Love, pride and smiles at Tama­here

Cambridge Edition - - CONVERSATIONS - MIKE BAIN

The spe­cial bond mixed in with love and pride was over­flow­ing at the Tama­here Model Coun­try School.

The school’s in­vi­ta­tion pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for grand­par­ents and chil­dren to en­joy each oth­ers’ com­pany in an en­vi­ron­ment dif­fer­ent to the one they usu­ally share to­gether.

And come they did, from near and far, over­flow­ing the car park and sur­round­ing streets.

Grand­par­ents of all shapes and sizes, came to the school pre­pared to sit in class­rooms to be shown the work the young­sters are do­ing.

Morn­ing tea was catered by the Taupiri Syn­di­cate made up of the se­nior pupils and hosted by mem­bers of the PTA.

This was fol­lowed by a spe­cial assem­bly where items were per­formed, songs were sung and read­ings shared es­pe­cially for the much loved vis­i­tors.

A high­light for our chil­dren was the op­por­tu­nity to show their grand­par­ents their class­room where they were able to en­joy ac­tiv­i­ties in­volv­ing ev­ery­one.

In some class­rooms it was a for­mal in­tro­duc­tion where each child had to in­tro­duce their nanna, grandma and grand­fa­ther or poppa.

While Christine and Terry Leonard loved spend­ing time at school, their grand­daugh­ter Sum­mer also loved it but ‘‘it kind of felt a bit weird hav­ing them there’’.

In an­other class­room Char­lie Ruf­fell was con­fi­dent his nanny Yvonne Ruf­fell would do al­right in the gen­eral knowl­edge quiz.

For­mer teacher Bev Bul­ter, loved be­ing back in the class­room en­vi­ron­ment as ‘‘it just brought back a flood of memories’’ as she sat with her grand­daugh­ter Ella.

For Fay and Jim Dwyer, who laugh­ingly call them­selves pro­fes­sional grand­par­ents for hire, love be­ing in­volved in the lives of young peo­ple and act as sur­ro­gates for chil­dren who don’t have grand­par­ents for var­i­ous rea­sons.

Auck­land nanna Fay Dixon has four grandies at the school and she wouldn’t ‘‘miss the op­por­tu­nity to be there’’.

A school spokesper­son said: ‘‘The warmth and love shown be­tween grand­par­ents and grand­chil­dren makes for a mag­i­cal day of shar­ing and fun.

‘‘It is en­cour­ag­ing to see the chil­dren in­ter­act with their grand­par­ents proudly show­ing them their school which is such an im­por­tant part of their ev­ery­day lives .’’

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