Grandparents go back to school

On Wednesday last week the grandparents of our current children were invited to come into school for the day. What they didn't know was they were going to be treated like any other St Mary's Hall pupils.

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Each grandparent was given a Line Card for St Omers, Campion, Shireburn or Weld according to their grandchild's Line. (On Line Cards debits and credits are recorded for good and bad work and behaviour). They were then sent off to classes in English, French, History and Drama. All were very interested in the white boards which they expected just to be a reverse of a traditional black board. 'What an amazing piece of machinery the white board is,' one grandparent was heard to say, 'we had nothing like that when I was in school!' During lessons grandparents could experience what it is like for their grandchildren being at St Mary's Hall.

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Drama was the highlight of the morning with everyone taking part and learning a rountine from the Dad's Army production that will take place at the end of term. There was a bit of unruliness from the ranks but Mrs Swarbrick soon had everyone in line and stepping out smartly to the theme tune from the hit comedy show. A few of the grandparents showed they could still cut it on the dance floor, with some very deft light footed moves. At the end of each lesson some coercion to give credits certainly went on!

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After all the mornings exertions everyone sat down to a well earned lunch which was much appreciated by all and once again the comments came, 'School food was never this good when we went to school.' When all the debits and credits were taken into account, and a weighted according to the number of grandparents in each Line, St Omers won the day!

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