Baverstock Oaks School fun day celebrates the blokes

ROSE CAWLEY
Last updated 05:00 04/12/2013
Parents play football
STRIKE TIME: The chase is on as an eager parent joins a game of football.

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Not even the rain could put a dampener on Blokes at the Oaks.

Dads, grandads, cousins, uncles and even a few brave mums who were honorary dads for the day enjoyed a number of boyish activities at Baverstock Oaks School.

Principal Mary Wilson says the annual event is in its fourth year.

"Many schools have a father and son breakfast or something like that and I suppose this is just an extension of that idea."

Kids and parents enjoyed activities like soccer, tug of war, races, an in-depth look at a fire truck and even a dig in the sandpit.

"We wanted to make sure we had an opportunity for parent and child, or grandparent and child, or uncle and child to have some fun together, be active and have a shared experience.

Mrs Wilson says it is a great way to draw families into the school.

"For many of our immigrant families it is something quite different and an introduction to some of the Kiwi lifestyle things that happen in New Zealand."

And the name of the event goes back to the very start of the school.

"When we first started we had only female teachers," Mrs Wilson says.

"That was just a case of you employ the best teacher for the job, and it took us until our third year before we had our first male teachers.

"At the beginning of the year we go on staff retreat, like school camp for teachers, and we actually called

that retreat ‘in celebration of blokes at the oaks'.

She says that name had such a good ring to it that they had to keep it for the fun and meaningful event.

"School is all about learning but learning doesn't just happen in the classroom, learning can happen anywhere and in any way.

"Things can get so serious now with National Standards, you have to have opportunities like this where it may appear just sheer fun but there will be a lot of learning going on out there and a lot of relationship building."

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