GRANDPARENTS’ DAY: Thelma Gillbard, Sienna Harris and Michelle Nicholson enjoying Grandparents' Day at Dalby South.
GRANDPARENTS’ DAY: Thelma Gillbard, Sienna Harris and Michelle Nicholson enjoying Grandparents' Day at Dalby South. Jessica Bahr

DSSS Grandparents’ Day a big hit

IT’S not often that grandparents are able to get a first hand experience into what their grandchildrens’ school days involve.

But at Dalby South State School on Wednesday, grandparents were invited to step into school with their grandchildren on to spend a special day together.

The students and grandparents alike enjoyed a memorable day as they attended the school’s morning assembly, sat in on morning classes and made the most of a morning tea together.

Teacher Genevieve Hansen said the school was overwhelmed with the response from families.

“It’s the first time in a long time that the school has held a Grandparents’ Day and it’s been amazing,” she said.

“We thought it’d be mostly classes from Prep up to Year 2 that would be getting involved, but it’s been across the school.

“I think we’ll have to do it again in future years.”

Many grandparents made trips to multiple classes with their grandchildren, where they were introduced to the class, participated in activities and reflected on their own school days.

After sending out the invitations the school had over 400 grandparents and parents RSVP to attend the special day.

While a large portion of the attending grandparents came from Dalby and other towns throughout the Western Downs region, many also travelled from Toowoomba, Brisbane and North Queensland to make the most of the rare opportunity.

“It’s really amazing, it’s great to see families taking such an interest,” principal David Kucks said.

“We’ve wanted to do a Grandparents’ Day for some time and finally had the opportunity.

“We thought we’d have around 80 or 100. we definitely didn’t expect it to be so massive but it’s great.”

The students thoroughly enjoyed hosting the special guests and working with them on colouring in and classroom discussions.

“I was excited to show them around school,” student Sienna Harris said.

“I was really looking forward to showing them my new backpack too.”


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