Back to school for Father’s Day
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.”
hOOPlA fuN: Sophia and Kevin McIvor getting in the swing