Usually, fathers are seen dropping their children off at the school gate, but that was not the case this morning at the Milton Lynch Primary School.
The students of the all-boys school were the ones taking their fathers to the classrooms, as the school observed Bring Your Father To School Day.
Together, fathers and sons participated in fun activities organized to build stronger relationships. Fathers went into classrooms and interacted with teachers and students, and a cricket match, among other games, was played.
Coordinator and teacher Carlson Spooner-Pascal said the day, a hit since its birth two years ago, offered fathers the opportunity to interact with their sons in different capacities, and also gave the guardians the opportunity to observe the setting in which their charges were stationed, when away from home.
“Bring Your Father To School Day is a part of the school’s positive behavioural management programme, an endeavour of the Ministry of Education. I had a session where I spoke to fathers about the different concerns we would have had in terms of lateness, punctuality and behaviours,” Spooner-Pascal told Barbados TODAY.
The teacher said the event had both short- and long-term benefits, through getting fathers involved and better acquainted with the school.
“The boys are very upbeat about it; it is a big thing here. But its worth the wait for the year, because its just once a year they have it and they really look forward to it, and that’s the truth.
“To make sure that nobody feels disadvantaged, we let the students know that they can bring a stepfather, godfather, a big brother, uncle or even a neighbour who is a family friend. We want no student to feel left out. Some of them come and tell me, ‘My daddy is coming, but he is coming in the afternoon’,” he said.
One father, Wayne Bostic, commented that he believed it was a very good idea for the school to have fathers come in every year to mix and mingle with their sons and other students.
“It is good for the fathers to represent their sons and meet the teachers. My son looks forward to this every year; so it doesn’t matter what I’m doing when this comes around or what I have planned. I have to be here,” Bostic said.