Father and Daughter Breakfast 2016

September 14, 2016 at 1:47 PM

It was an early start for almost 200 fathers and their daughters at this morning’s shared breakfast at the Ellerslie Event Centre. In her words of welcome, Principal Ms Juliet Small spoke of the unique bond between girls and their dads, reminiscing with fondness about her own father as she grew up. She thanked all the fathers present for supporting the girls in their learning and for being their greatest advocates. 

Speaker for the morning, Chaplain to the Schools, Reverend Reuben Hardie, has certainly had some practice at fatherhood! With four lively young boys, it was his greatest joy to welcome his fifth child, a daughter, into the world. He said that ‘daughters are the sunshine of our lives and a gift to fathers!’ 

He spoke of the ten best things about being a dad ranging from the moment the baby is born to the day they reach out to hold your hand or share in something you both enjoy. A video of parenting ‘bloopers’ were a funny, yet stark reminder to always be vigilant around our youngsters – that one extra, high push on the swing may not turn out quite the way you imagined! 

There’s nothing like giving the last word to the daughters themselves. Rev Hardie filmed the girls after asking what they loved about their dad and what they could improve on. The girls universally loved the hugs, the help with homework and the ‘open’ wallet! Equally universal was the need to do the dishes more, work on their jokes and dance moves, and …um…the delicate issue of excess wind! 

In giving thanks for breakfast, Head Girl, J’Adore Tevita- Harris thanked all fathers for ‘standing on the sidelines of our lives to cheer us on.’ 

Our sincere thanks to Rebecca Scoones, Cate Scragg and Matt Gillard from the Parents & Friends for organising the morning and to the following sponsors for the their support: Saint Kentigern Old Collegians' Association, our parent community sponsors, Rainbows End, The Shed magazine, Explore NZ, Fifth Ave Menswear, My Studio Girl, Primal Earth men's products, BDM Grange Cosmetics, Whittakers Chocolates, Abe’s Bagels  and the Wong family.


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