Boys’ School Father and Son Breakfast
August 30, 2016 at 2:39 PM
Over two consecutive mornings, the alarm clock went off at 4am for a hardy group of parents who had volunteered to put breakfast on the table by 7am. This was no ordinary family breakfast though. When the extended Saint Kentigern family comes together, there are a fair few logistics involved, especially where the food is concerned!
A sell-out crowd again this year saw 380 sons and their dads arrive early on each of the mornings for a hearty start to the day. Chairperson of the Parents and Friends, Mr Simon Ward welcomed the special guest speaker for the morning, Cam Calkoen. In his introduction, he said that we may not have heard of Cam but after hearing his words of inspiration, we would be unlikely to forget him.
All of us battle difficult times in life, but Cam has battled things that most of us take for granted – like learning to walk and talk; for Cam was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a child. Rather than hold him back, Cam has faced life with a positive attitude using the words, ‘Get Awesome!’ as his mantra. Rather than seeing shortcomings in his life, he understood early on that life is what we make it. When we are comfortable with who we are and feel good about ourselves, we can start to live big and think ‘Awesome!’ Awesome is a word that makes us stop, smile and think! What can you do to make your life awesome? Create challenges for yourself and be more than you ever expected yourself to be! Dream big and achieve more!
Principal Mr Cassie, echoed Cam’s words, saying, ‘Boys, take risks, be prepared to fail, learn and move on. Being resilient to these set-backs will set you up for life!’
Our thanks to Cam for sharing his story with us this morning. Our grateful thanks are also offered to Cath Costello and her team of mothers for getting the morning underway. Cath and her organising committee were supported by two teams of 30 mums who came in each morning to assist in the serving, clearing up and resetting of the breakfast feast. A huge thanks to the 44 mums who baked the now traditional ‘Father and Son Bacon and Egg pie!’
This year the Breakfast was supported by the generous sponsorship of mother, Heather Walton from Ray White Real Estate, Epsom. School father, Martin Smith, General Manager of Collective Hospitality, provided invaluable support providing two chefs and his commercial kitchen to assist with the enormous task of food preparation.
Our thanks also to Saint Kentigern old boy, Mr David Burton from Jacks Coffee, who returns each year with freshly ground coffee and the Bason Family with their Venluree trucks and team of burley men to help us with logistics of moving furniture! Thanks also to Pacific Linen, Charlies Juice, Corporate Rentals and Pulse Party Hire for their generous discounts and fabulous service.
The ‘Breakfast Crew’
Our thanks to the committee of mothers who helped: Cath Costello, Becky Routley, Jo Rowntree, Rebecca McLeod, Denise Pollard, Sarah Wilby, Victoria Halford and Michelle Ongley.
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