From the Principal – the family nature of BDC

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Ball, Alan

Good morning, and welcome to Grandparents’ Day, 2016.

It is wonderful to see so many grandparents, aunts, uncles and grand others here this morning. Grandparents Day is a special time at BDC. It is when we get to thank grandparents for all that they do to support us here at the school.

Grandparents please raise your hands. Great grandparents, would you like to stand? Let’s give these special family members a round of applause.

They say that it takes a village to raise a child, and that very true at BDC. It is so very often a family commitment that sees our children able to come to BDC. When mums and dads are busy at work, it is nans and pops who often drop off and pick up students. I am often at the Kiss and Go drop off in the mornings, and I see plenty of grandparents dropping of their grandchildren.

Busy mums and dads rely on our grandparents, not just for the pick ups and drop offs they do, but for the afternoon teas and child minding, the dinners a couple of times a week, and the sleepovers and nan and pop’s place that happen in busy families.

We see some of our grandparents volunteering in the Canteen and as classroom assistants in the Primary School. It is great to see them enjoying time with their grandchildren at school. It’s almost surely the case that the could not have done that when their own children were at school.

I lived in Japan for three years, and it’s a society that treats its elders with great respect. The elderly in Japan have a special place in society.  I think it’s something we could learn from in Australia.

is its great strength. We are a community that works together for the benefit of our children. Just like in any family, it is good that we pause and respect our elders. They are the invisible strength behind BDC.

I know for a fact that many of our grandparents assist directly with their grandchildren’s school fees. It is also very true that the help other grandparents give – whether by ferrying students to and from school; minding students before or after school; or providing meals when they do,  means that many of our parents are able to work, which in turn allows them to pay the fees. It’s a relationship that keeps children at our school, and is something we should acknowledge and for which we are very thankful.

Please enjoy some morning tea with us, and if you can, visit your grandchild’s class afterwards. He or she (or they if you have a couple of grandchildren here) will be delighted to show you their classrooms and some of their work. There will be guides to take you to the Primary school after assembly.

I am pleased to be able to honour and thank you today. We are very grateful for the work you do for our community.

Thank you, and enjoy your visit to BDC.