Year 8 Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day
Grandparents’ and Special Friends' Day
Grandparents’ and Special Friends' Day was another wonderful and memorable occasion for our community. The day was a demonstration of the important role grandparents and special friends play in our students’ lives. A real highlight was the lovely and important messages from the morning; particularly Father Hosking’s homily and the meaningful and poignant speech by the charismatic grandfather of Oscar Whatson, Mr Wayland. My thanks particularly to the wonderful, yet small, group of parent helpers. It wouldn’t happen without you!
Ms Laura Brzezinski
Year 8 Coordinator
Hannah McBain and Violet Rosser were both keen to share their reflections from the day:
On Friday of Week 5, myself and my fellow Year 8s had Grandparents’ Day. The day kicked off with a heartfelt Mass led by our Rector, Fr Hosking. During the Mass, it, to me, felt like the usual. But that changed when it came to the Homily and Fr Hosking spoke of his experiences. And in that moment, I realised something that I hadn’t really thought about. Everyone has grandparents. This may seem like a strange epiphany to have, and even though I knew, I hadn’t thought about it before. I thought about how people spoke of their grandparents prior to the day, and I learnt something about myself. Not only that I loved my grandparents and became suddenly thankful I was lucky enough to have my Grandma there, but that I love hearing about the things they care about. I felt I could’ve listened for hours. And then, suddenly, the Mass was over and so was my philosophising, so my grandmother and I headed to the Dennett Centre for morning tea.
After having a lovely morning tea, full of my friends' persistent scone-serving, and smiling grandparents, I headed out for a tour with my friend Alannah, my Grandma and her Grandma. We looked around the school, starting with the art rooms and finished back on the bottom floor of the Bellarmine building. I think my Grandma’s favourite part was managing to get locked out by a friend (in good spirits) on the top floor of the Caroline Chisholm building and finding the courage to walk straight through some hard-working Year 10s to get back in. The more I walked around with my Grandma, the more I felt grateful for a school I could be proud of. That I could describe it how my grandparents do, ‘unnecessarily fancy’, with a sense of humour and so much pride at once. As the tour came to an end, I didn’t get much time to reflect, because, as nice as it was, it was also a bit of a rush to get to my elective at 11.45 on the dot as Ms Brzezinski had asked.
Violet Rosser 8.5
After Mass, students and their grandparents made their way up to the Dennett Centre for morning tea. I personally had no grandparents attending, however was able to witness the positive interactions between the students and the grandparents. Almost all tables were full, with multiple families sitting on a table. As a result of this, many of the grandparents may have been meeting for the first time. I thought this was nice because not only does the grandparent meet others of the same age, but also gets to meet your friends in a much more personal way.
There was a large tea and coffee station set up in the Dennett Centre for students to make a drink for their grandparents. I thought this was a lovely idea as not only is it good for the students to learn these skills, but it is also another opportunity to learn something about them or from them. Scones with jam and cream were served, and there was a group of talented musicians playing an assortment of stringed instruments in the background. The combination of scones and violin was clearly a good one, and the morning tea had a very positive atmosphere.
When it came time for the presentations, we had multiple student readings, including a reading in Italian, an aerobics performance and even a grandparent speaker, Mr Wayland. A brief summary of this speech was that Mr Wayland spoke about the differences and similarities of schools now, and schools from when he was a teenager in high school. He also spoke about how lucky we are to have a decent education and a very impressive school to attend and hold wonderful events like Grandparents’ Day. I learnt a lot from this very humorous speech, and now have a better understanding of what school was like when my own grandparents were at school.
After the morning tea, the tours were commenced. Students conducted a tour of the school for their grandparents and showed them the parts of the school that they like or are most significant in their lives. I really liked the idea of this, as it is very private, one on one bonding time with your grandparents without the rest of the family around. Despite my grandparents not being able to attend, my overall highlight of the day was at the end of the morning tea. To help pack up, a few of my friends and I were given the job of taking the flowers from the tables and giving them to the grandmas around the school. They were all so grateful and kind and I found this to be a very rewarding experience that put me in a great mood for the rest of the day.
Hannah McBain 8.5