Celebrating greats and grandparents at school

Students at Northside Christian School had a fantastic time with their grandparents on Thursday.

Kindergarten student Quinn Janzen does a project with Great Grandmother Annie Martens

Kindergarten student Quinn Janzen does a project with Great Grandmother Annie Martens

Submitted by Michael Shenk


Students at Northside Christian School had a fantastic time with their grandparents on Thursday.

Grandparents’ Day was even better anticipated, and the school was buzzing as over 100 grandparents, great grandparents, and honorary grandparents enjoyed spending the morning learning with their grandchildren.

The day opened with an assembly for the whole school, and the Northside gym was very full.  Many students took the microphone to express appreciation to their grandparents, and the group enjoyed a slideshow of photos of the grandparents when they were in school!

Several dozen custom made mugs were awarded to grandparents who had driven the furthest, had the most grandchildren, lived longest in Vanderhoof, and other fun categories.

After a morning of touring classes and doing projects, a delicious lunch was served to all in the gym.

Northside Principal, Michael Shenk, enjoyed the reaction of the grandparents to the new BC curriculum, “While we are still in the development stages, our grandparents got a close look at curriculum and teaching designed to help students develop strong competencies and skills.  

“Dozens of comments were made by grandparents, referring to the engagement of students in the learning process, as well as many references to how fun it was to learn in this way.”

The day ended with the Grade 12 students presenting their excellent Graduation Transition Portfolios, also generating excitement for Grandparents and other guests who were impressed by the accomplishments and strong transition plans.

Grandparents are loved, respected, and cherished by their grandchildren as are the many people who step in to the grandparent role for children who may not have grandparents.


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