Love, pride and smiles at Tamahere
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 .’’