Grandparents of Valley Road School children got spoiled this week by their grandchildren when they were invited to the annual tea party at the school.
Both local grandparents and some from as far as field as Yorkshire enjoyed an afternoon tea and entertainment by the children. Headteacher Tim Coulson said, “We’ve been running this for 7/8 years now and it is one of our highlights of the year. It’s a chance for grandparents to see the school and what the children do here. We have a limited number of spaces and it is always oversubscribed.”
Year 6 children served the tea, coffee, cakes and scones to the guests and then each class entertained them with songs, facts about Henley, stories and a wonderful finale of dancers from the school’s Ballroom Dancing after-school club doing the jive to Footloose.
Grandchildren had made special place names for their grandparents too. Wendy Reed loved hers (pictured above) made by Aaron aged 7. Wendy is no stranger to the school, her daughters Cassie (29) and Tamara (23) came to the school. Cassie has two children now at the school, Aaron and his sister Ellie (4) Phillips. Wendy said, “It’s very lovely to see my next family generation at the school. It’s a great event and nice to be appreciated.”
Kay and Spencer who had travelled from Somerset to see their grandson Harrison, aged 4. They said, “This is our second visit to the school. We came to see the Christmas show which was amazing. We’re having a real treat and it’s a lovely atmosphere. We’re looking forward to what was described by Harrison as “a secret surprise packed with actions!”
Inspired by Caitlin Rocks (Caitlin Donaldson who is suffering with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia) the children in Year 5 had painted rocks for the grandparents to take home and put in their garden.