Holy Rosary Celebrates Fathers Day - with a twist

By McIvor Times

Father’s Day – the one day of the year when we celebrate the father figure or father figures in our lives, whether they be our paternal father, stepfather, grandfather, uncle, mother, or even a friend. It’s a day to show our appreciation for everything they have done and continue to do for us in our daily lives.
To mark this special day, Holy Rosary Primary School, Heathcote usually hosts a cooked breakfast for students, parents and/or grandparents on the Friday before Father’s Day each year. The morning starts with a yummy breakfast and then students play games with their dad/father figure before the school bell rings to mark the start of the day. 
After Covid-19 forced the school to cancel its 54th annual Mother’s Day celebration earlier this year, Principal Paul Dullard and his staff were determined not to let the same thing happen to Father’s Day. They came up with a rather brilliant idea to mark the occasion in a way that would keep the community safe – a ‘drive-thru BBQ breakfast’. 
The idea came to fruition last Friday when the school grounds were a hive of activity, with staff members doing an amazing job cooking up a storm, from sausages in bread to bacon and egg rolls, complimented by a range of beverages from fruit juice to flavoured milk. Students and their father figure(s), together with other family members were all invited to enjoy to the BBQ with a difference, that is, delivered to and consumed from the comfort of their car. Music playing in the background added to that party-like atmosphere and ensured a good time was had by all. And it certainly proved popular with over 40 families taking part. 
The dads/father figures were rewarded with a gift bag containing a selection of snacks, stubby holders, handkerchiefs plus more.
“It was a great way to see all the students and parents again,” Mr Dullard said. “We have missed everyone due to remote learning.”
“Ensuring all protocols where followed was very important (and this involved staff) wearing face masks, gloves, (making sure) that no one got out of their cars and social distancing was followed,” Mr Dullard said. 
The school would like to thank Segafredo’s Bakery, Gaffney’s Bakery, IGA, McIvor Meats plus other organisations which donated food, goods and/or services. And special thanks are extended to all the staff who worked tirelessly throughout the morning to ensure the drive-thru breakfast was a great success.