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Class act as dads join kids back at school

FATHERS went back to the classroom for Bring Your Dad to School week.

FATHERS went back to the classroom for Bring Your Dad to School week.

St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, Chelmsley Wood, arranged a host of activities for dads and other male family members in the week before Father’s Day.

The project was designed to get dads, step-dads and grandads promoting education to their children.

Activities included den-making, storytelling, arts and crafts, sports, designing bridges, problem solving, team building and cooking.

One dad with a head start in the kitchen was celebrity chef Glynn Purnell, who acted as sous chef to six-year-old son Oliver, a pupil in Year 1.

Dad-of-three Glynn said: “It was great fun and what really impressed me was the number of dads who turned up.

“Like a lot of the dads, I am a busy person in the daytime but I always drop the kids off in the morning because it is important for me have that time with them.

“It was great to see Oliver in his school environment and following his instructions.”

Over 270 male family members took part.

Deputy head Kieran Flaherty, who organised the event, said: “It was a fantastic day for the pupils and the dads.

“We are lucky to have a lot of male staff but most other primary schools are very female-orientated environments.

“It’s usually the mums who come to parents’ evenings, drop the kids off in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon.

“We wanted to give dads, step-dads and grandads a chance to be more involved in the education process.”



Cathrina Hulse
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