Grandparents’ Day – What a great event!
It was a pleasure to welcome grandparents to Hereworth this week, some of whom had travelled long distances to be here. It was great to have so many in attendance.
Grandparents play such an important role in the lives of our boys. Much of this is seen through the support and help provided to parents. The boys benefit too from the unique relationships with their grandparents who are great role models and mentors for our younger generation. Grandparents are also historians and teachers – guiding values, instilling ethnic heritage, and passing on family traditions.
Grandparents’ Day is a very special event in the Hereworth calendar. Those grandparents with whom I spoke really enjoyed the Chapel service, being in a classroom again (some said they found the exercises quite challenging!) and touring the School with their grandsons. I also enjoyed listening to the stories from some of the grandfathers who attended Hereworth as boys many years ago – hearing of their fondness for the School, the staff who taught them and looked after them, and the life-long friendships made.
The expressions on the faces of our boys also revealed that they too gained great enjoyment from having grandparents here.
I commend our boys and staff for their support of this special day. It was so gratifying to see the boys being such excellent ambassadors for the School and their families. It really was a most uplifting occasion helping to foster stronger connections between and within the families at Hereworth.
Parent Afternoon Teas – Another special community event
My wife Jen and I have enjoyed meeting many parents at the two recent afternoon teas prior to the Friday assemblies. It has been most pleasing to hear that your sons are embracing their time at this wonderful School so enthusiastically and making the most of the opportunities on offer, growing in their learning, faith and character, enjoying themselves, making friends and feeling valued as members of our community.
The Horonui 4WD Run – Assistance Required
There is a small army of willing workers coming forward to help Mr Marcus Peacock (President of the Hereworth Old Boys’ Association), Mrs Tor Hamilton (Coordinator of the Hereworth Foundation) and Members of the Hereworth Old Boys’ Association on the weekend of Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March to prepare for the 4WD Horonui Run, but more volunteers are required with preparation at School on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 March for this significant community fundraising event. The proceeds raised will be consolidated with other monies of the Hereworth Old Boys’ Association to provide for various projects within the School.
If you can afford to give a few hours of your time, it would be very much appreciated and will ensure that the weekend is a great success. It will also be an opportunity for parents, especially those new to Hereworth, to get to know other families.
Please contact Mrs Tor Hamilton on (021 467 283 or 877 8138). Further details are provided in this newsletter.