WITHOUT doubt, one of the most highly anticipated annual events at St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill is Grandparents Day.

For many years the day has given boys in Years 7 and 8 the opportunity to spend a morning with their grandparents, sharing special moments that will long be remembered and celebrating their unique relationship.

More than 400 grandparents recently visited St Joseph’s for the event, with some travelling great distances to join their grandsons for the occasion.

The morning began with a liturgy focussing on the special bonds that exist between grandparents and their grandchildren.

During the liturgy boys lit candles for their grandparents and spent time reflecting on those who were unable to be there.

A tour of the College gave boys the opportunity to proudly show off the boarding areas, Resources Centre, dining rooms, main building and some of their other favourite areas.

It also allowed grandparents who are former students to reminisce about their time at St Joseph’s and talk about the many changes that have taken place over the years.

Morning tea was served on the front lawn, giving grandparents and grandsons an often-too-rare opportunity to sit and talk together.

The morning concluded with a number of student musical performances.

Director of Mission at the College, Mrs Lesley Maher, said Grandparents Day was a celebration of family and love.

“It is wonderful to provide an opportunity for the boys to nurture their relationship with their grandparents. As children get older and busier they may see less of their grandparents, so this day is extremely special for both grandparents and grandsons.”

CAPTION: Year 7 student Thomas Bovell with his grandfather Jim at this year’s St Joseph’s College Grandparents Day.