Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of Nativity School,
Love is the greatest gift one generation can leave for another. Richard Garnett
Grandparents Day this Friday is an opportunity for our students to show love and appreciation for all their grandparents and special friends do to support their grandchildren and families.
Are a link to the past, bringing history and tradition to life
Pass on valuable information about culture and heritage traditions of families
Influence a child’s sense of fun adventure and knowledge
Contribute to the wellbeing and development of their grandchildren by playing, talking, reading together
They teach them important values and provide another level of love, attention and security that shape who children become
This poem- When you thought I wasn’t looking reminds us of the important influence of our grandparents.
WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN’T LOOKING
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator,
And I immediately wanted to paint another one.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you feed a stray cat,
And I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make my favourite cake for me,
And I learned that the little things in life could be the special things in life.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I heard you say a prayer,
And I knew there is a God I could always talk to And I learned to trust in God.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick,
And I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing
And I learned that those who have something should give to those who don’t.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you take care of your house and everyone in it,
And I learned we have to take care of what we are given.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities,
Even when you didn’t feel well, And I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw tears come from your eyes,
And I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it’s alright to cry.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw that you cared,
And I wanted to be everything that I could be.
When you thought I wasn’t looking,
I learned most of life’s lessons that I needed to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.
When you thought I wasn’t looking,
I looked at you and wanted to say, “Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.”
Pope Francis also speaks of the importance of grandparents in our lives:
“Children and the elderly build the future of peoples: children because they lead history forward, the elderly because they transmit the experience and wisdom of their lives. This relationship and this dialogue between generations is a treasure to be preserved and strengthened.”
We give thanks for all of the guidance and encouragement of our grandparents and look forward to celebrating with them on Friday.
A reminder of the times:
Performance 1 – 10am
Performance 2- 12.20pm
Grandparents Day lunch 11.15am
School finish 2.00pm
Back to the Future will also be recorded and the link distributed early next term for those grandparents who are overseas, interstate or unable to be with us due to their health.
Finally, grateful thanks to Scott Baldock for his tireless work in ensuring our Grandparents Day performance is a success and to Ally Cunningham especially for her support with the Finale Song -The Power of Love and lighting and technical support throughout the performance. Also, to the amazing teachers of Nativity School for their patience and work on each class act.
Huge thanks to Marissa Ritorto (Flava Dance Studios – firstname.lastname@example.org ) Alicia Symonds, Emma Harrison and Jenae Roscioli for their assistance choreographing acts. Thanks to our prop and costume creators; Sharyn Black, Ali March, Alicia Symonds, Ari Torresan, Bianca Cotton, Marissa Ritorto, Belinda Whitting, Liwen Seto and Charlotte Harms.
Thanks to all the parents who have provided lunch, your generosity is greatly appreciated!
Thankyou students for sharing your talent and enthusiasm for performing.
Most importantly- Thankyou Grandparents for all you do and for taking the time to celebrate with us.
“Grandparents are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they’re there.” Unknown