This term, our boys welcomed their mothers to school, continuing the tradition of sharing quality time with their mothers over breakfast as we have done at the Boys’ School for many years.
A slight departure from the past Mothers Morning Tea, this year’s event was hosted by syndicate over three mornings in May and June. The morning started with our boys’ having breakfast with their mothers and showing them around their classrooms, enjoying an activity or two together, taking fun ‘polaroid moments’ before adjourning to Chalmers Hall for a Chapel service. Principal Peter Cassie and his team of teachers enjoyed the opportunity of meeting and having conversations in person and waiting on the very important guests of the day.
Each gathering was uniquely tailored for each syndicate. Here is a recount of all three memorable mornings our boys spent with their mothers at school.
Junior School on 23 May
The youngest of our boys were all smiles as they led their mothers by their hands into the Junior School block. The boys and their mothers helped themselves to a full spread of breakfast before settling in the boy’s respective classrooms and spent time colouring and working on crafts together. Our Junior Boys showed their moms around their classroom and the work they have done at school. Each home room teacher then gathered all students and parents for a quick huddle before proceeding to Chapel service at the Hall.
At the Chapel service, they were welcomed by Chaplain Rev Reuben Hardie who engaged the boys in a lesson of perseverance in pursuit of excellence, and ‘The Battle’ where two volunteers were challenged to use their non-dominant hand to play a game on stage, with the help of Principal Peter Cassie. The service showcased the Boys’ School’s amazing musical talent starting with the choir, a violin recital by Year 3 Boyi Yujin and concluded with a performance by our Pipers and Drummers as guests left the hall.
Senior School on 30 May
The Social Staircase and the surrounding learning spaces came alive with conversations and laughter as our boys and their mothers arrived as early as 7.30am at the Macky Senior School. After enjoying a sumptuous breakfast, many of our Senior Boys took the opportunity to walk their mothers around their new classroom block, not forgetting to stop by the extremely popular photo booth. The boys and their mothers were then invited for a brief activity in their respective classrooms before moving on to Chapel service.
In another lovely service, Chaplain Reuben Hardie welcomed the boys and their mothers, and was joined by Assistant Chaplain Issac Williams who shared a lesson on belonging. Our Senior Boys’ and their mothers were treated to phenomenal performances by the our choir group, Jazz Band and Pipers and Drummers at the end of the service.
Middle School on 13 June
Our Middle School boys welcomed their mothers to their newly refurbished classrooms, showed them their new learning spaces and shared precious time over breakfast.
In a beautiful dedication to their mothers, one of the class activities saw a group of boys took turns to give praise to their mothers. One said, “My mum is like a mug of hot chocolate because she is so kind and warm.” Another chimed in, “My mum is as beautiful as a flower.” The next one said, “My mum is as smart as Albert Einstein because she can always give me the answer to my hard questions.” One more said, “My mom has a heart as soft as a blanket because I feel comfortable around her.”
The syndicate then proceeded to Chapel Service where they were welcomed by Assistant Chaplain Issac Williams. Mothers were treated to melodious choir and jazz band performances. Chaplain Reverend Reuben Hardie wrapped up the service with a lesson on excellence from the life of Robin Hood and Joseph, engaging the boys in a fun activity that challenged them to focus on their goals, to stay true to who they are and to persevere.