It was wonderful to see so many dads and grandads at our special Father’s Day breakfast this week. Thank you to all who managed to share the morning with us. The children loved having you at school and there were some teary goodbyes when you had to leave.
Did you know that the first Father’s Day was 112 years ago? Fathers’ Day as we know it, started in 1910 as a result of the efforts of a young American girl who wanted to recognise fathers, inspired by her own father who was a single Dad with six children. Since then Father’s Day is celebrated in many countries but not all on the first Sunday in September as it is here in Australia. While Father’s Day is a celebration of fatherhood, it’s a time for us to honour, celebrate and be thankful for all of the men, father figures and male role models in our lives. We recognise the very important role you have in the lives of children and we are grateful for you.
As we celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday, we recognize the profound influence our dads have in our lives. Ian Grant in his book, “Fathers who dare WIN”, offers this insight. “The greatest legacy a man can leave in the world is not so much a great business, but a “living” investment in the future, through loving, stable, employable and healthy children. Parents are the ultimate ‘people builders’. The fine expectations you have of your children, the skills you teach them, and the values you model for them will be the bricks and mortar of great future citizens.”
We wish all Dads, Grandads, Uncles and father figures a wonderful Father’s Day on Sunday. May your day be filled with laughter coupled with the smiles and love of those closest to you.
“A dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall, but instead picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again.” (Anon)
Gail Mitchell Head of Primary
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