01 Jun

It is a long held tradition at St Peter’s Woodlands to host a Grandparents and Special Friends Day.

Traditionally, on this day, our Grandparents and Special Friends are invited to attend a Chapel service presented by their grandchildren, explore their classrooms and school grounds, participate in activities and finish with a beautiful morning tea.

A digital event
The impacts of COVID-19 unfortunately restricted us from welcoming our extended SPW community onto campus. However this wasn’t going to stop the children from celebrating this loved event. Together they reimagined how they could still connect with their Grandparents and Special Friends.

With the aid of digital platforms the Reception children were delighted to see and speak to their Grandparents and Special Friends through Zoom. The children sang songs and recited poems to their digital visitors and confidently introduced them to their classmates.

Through the Zoom meetings we had Grandparents joining us from Scotland and England! The children were amazed that it was the middle of the night over there!

“We two UK based Grandparents would like to thank you for hosting today’s Zoom classroom activity. It was well worth getting up at the crack of dawn and really helped in feeling not quite so far away in these odd and uncertain times.” Hilary Thompson – Grandparent of Sam

A day of activities to celebrate
The whole day was dedicated to activities that recognise the wonderful contributions Grandparents and Special Friends make in our lives. The children were encouraged to wear or bring something from their Grandparent or Special Friend to deepen the connection for the children on the day.

Activities included painting, reading stories, reflections and prayers.

The importance of connection
We are grateful and proud that this special event could go ahead in a different format during a time where we are reminded about the importance of connection.

Article by Sarah Noell, Head of Early Years