Photo gallery: Grandparents celebrated in Wells
12:41 23 May 2014
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It’s a bond like no other – the love children and grandparents share is magical and unconditional.
In the past that relationship was confined to family life, but now teachers at Wells Primary and Nursery School want to celebrate the positive impact it has in the classroom too.
Yesterday all the youngsters at the Polka Road school invited their grandmas and granddads in for a special day of learning.
Headteacher Alastair Ogle said: “Children who make the most progress at school have the best support at home.
“It’s really important, and we see that every day, so we wanted to say thank you to those grandparents for all they do for the children and for the school.”
Janet Lavender, the deputy head, has organised days for grandparents to visit the school from other parts of the country after hearing how fondly the pupils talk about their grandparents.
She said it is an ideal opportunity for grandparents to get involved in school life.
Mary Simpson, 80, was visiting her granddaughter Molly Simpson, with family friend Michael Clark.
She lives just 100 yards from Molly in Walsingham and said it is a pleasure to watch the seven-year-old grow up.
“The great thing about being a grandparent is the sheer joy of it,” she said.
“Grandparents are there to help and play. And to be the ones who don’t have all the expectations which parents do.”
Kathleen and Bruce Wynne, from Fakenham, visited their seven-year-old grandson Darwin Gunhouse, who lives at Holkham.
The pair have six grandchildren in total and say they endeavour to spend as much time as possible with them as they can
Mr Wynne, 84, said: “We get a great deal of satisfaction from helping out with the grandchildren.
“It’s been a long time since we had young children so it is refreshing to look after them,
“To see so many grandparents interested in the children, is wonderful.”
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