I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the dads, grandads and other father figures who came to the father’s day breakfast yesterday and /or attended the ECE events this afternoon. It is wonderful to see so many dads supporting their kids and being a part of their schooling journey. As I said yesterday, I am also very impressed that a lot of the faces that were there, I see regularly around the school, confirming that we have a great group of dads and grandads within the school. I hope you all have a great Father’s Day on Sunday.
As stated by Steve Rushforth from the Fathering Project yesterday, the research shows that a strong father figure is very important to a child’s development and can help them navigate their teenage years more successfully. I am waiting for information from Steve as to the possibility of setting up a Fathers Group at GHPS with the Fathering Project so keep a look out for this information. As a father myself of two children who have successfully made it to adulthood, I know firsthand how important having a positive relationship with them has been over the past few years.
I would also like to thank Christine O’Brien and her helpers, in particular Kerrie Rowe and Elizabeth Williams for their work in preparing the 200 odd bacon and egg rolls and toasted sandwiches.
At Gooseberry Hill Primary school, we offer a lot of extra and exciting opportunities for our students to ensure a well-rounded and rich educational experience. Often, in order to provide these opportunities, we need help to ensure that they are organised, set up and can run smoothly on the day.
Recently it has been noted that it is difficult to get volunteers at these events, leaving the work to the same few people each time. As an example, twice in the past two weeks I have gone to the canteen to see Christine working on her own to provide lunches for the students. Whilst Christine is employed by the P&C to guarantee a canteen service, we were hoping that this would make it easier for people to volunteer. You turn up and Christine will give you jobs to do ensuring lunches are prepared on time.
Another example was the Father’s Day breakfast, which is a P&C event, this was left to school staff to set up as there was no-one able to help on the afternoon before. That said, we were very grateful to those who stayed back and helped pack away.
To continue to provide these type of events, we need help from the school community. I completely understand that everybody is busy, but please keep a look out for opportunities to help out and if you are able, put your name down from time to time where you can.
The School and the P&C are seeking volunteers to help remove the brick wall and paving outside the Brooks Room in preparation for the STEM building which we are hoping can be installed in the school holidays. I will confirm a date in the coming weeks which will most likely be a Saturday morning, with a Sausage Sizzle to follow. If you want some free pavers, this is your opportunity to come along and fill up your trailer.