By Kassidy Christensen
To honour its families, Holy Spirit Academy invited all parents to join their children in an assembly held last Friday to thank them for the effort they’ve put in to helping their children and the school.
In previous years, the school held separate celebrations for both mothers and fathers, but this year decided to combine both into one event as to not make any child feel left out from the festivities.
Pat Macdonald, vice principal, finds we are living in a society that is changing and that the family norm is changing as well.
“All families are unique, special and different, some kids are living in homes with different families with unique configurations,” she said. “We decided to celebrate families so kids aren’t feeling conflicted or feeling like they’re different from anybody else,
“We thought this year instead of putting kids in that situation, let’s celebrate our families,” she said.
Also to accommodate the busy schedules of families, only one event was held to alleviate any difficulty for parents trying to come to the school during working hours.
“We’re welcoming our parents all the time, but it becomes a burden sometimes to come to the school because they feel obligated to come,” she said. “They don’t want to disappoint their kids, so we decided let’s just do one big day that way everybody can feel like part of the celebration and nobody is left out,” she said.
An assembly was held to show parents some of the things the children have been working on.
Performances included songs sung by Grades 1, 2, and 3 as well as the choir, and the Grade 6 band performed a few songs on their instruments.
After the performances, parents were invited to browse through the Grade 6 social studies demonstration of the, “Iroquois Confederacy Museum,” where the students prepared small dioramas and posters detailing the history of the Iroquois tribe.
Grade 5 was also proud to present PowerPoint presentations they had spent about a month working in preparation for the big day.
Fun was had by all, and unfortunately due to the weather, the original plan of a picnic and kite flying had to be cancelled but didn’t deter children and parents from sitting and playing outside to get some fresh air.
The school is hoping to host events like this for years to come since the first one proved to be such a big success with over 250 people in attendance.