Back to school for Fa­ther’s Day

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK

DADS, un­cles, older broth­ers and grand­fa­thers took part in Fa­ther’s Day cel­e­bra­tions at Gun­thorpe Pri­mary School.

To help cel­e­brate the spe­cial day, male relatives of pupils were in­vited into the school at The Pent­lands, Hall­fields Lane, on Fri­day, for ei­ther the morn­ing or af­ter­noon ses­sions.

Dur­ing the lunch break, some of the vis­i­tors joined the pupils for lunch, tuck­ing into fish and chips. Those who opted not to join the can­teen rush en­joyed play­time.

Dads and other male relatives went back to their school days – kick­ing foot­balls, play­ing with hoops and run­ning around try­ing to keep up with the young­sters in the play­ground.

Teach­ing as­sis­tant Jak Watts and Year 3 teacher Sarah Mor­ris also used the vis­i­tors’ sport­ing knowl­edge in their class, get­ting them to help pupils fill in their World Cup wallchart.

Miss Watt’s said the day had been suc­cess­ful.

She said: “The chil­dren have loved hav­ing the dads in for the day, as they get to show them what they do and their work.

“Our dads have also been play­ing foot­ball and help­ing in the new sen­sory gar­den at the front of the school. It’s been great.”

Chris­tian Dal­garno, the part­ner of pupil Owen Tay­lor’s mother, said he had re­ally en­joyed the visit and tak­ing part in ac­tiv­i­ties.

He added: “It was fun mak­ing the bugs and it gave me an in­sight into Owen’s day.

Owen (8) said hav­ing Chris­tian in had made the day more fun.

He said: “The best bit was draw­ing and mak­ing the bugs, that was good.”

Julien Pet­ti­can ar­rived for lunch with daugh­ter Char­lie (10) and said he ex­pected the games to get com­pet­i­tive.

He said: “I am sure we will all be typ­i­cal dads and try our best at what­ever we do, but the best thing is spend­ing the af­ter­noon with Char­lie.”

Grand­fa­ther Peter Case (60) came along to a sim­i­lar event last year to see grand­son Ben Clarke and said he al­ways en­joys it.

He said: “I even man­aged a game of foot­ball last time, so we will see how it goes.

Head­teacher Kay Cor­ley said the event was al­ways one of the most pop­u­lar in the cal­en­dar and this year saw 127 dad’s take part.

Mrs Cor­ley, said: “We try and match the dads event up with Fa­ther’s Day and we do a sim­i­lar event for mums and grand­par­ents.”

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