Pupils invite mums and nans to Gosport school for Mother's Day lunch

IT'S a day to celebrate wonderful mums and grandmas and say thanks for all the hard work they do.

Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 6:03 am
Kezia Hollands with her daughter Emilia at Gomer Juniors in Gosport Picture: Sarah Standing (160502-6196)

And so one school decided to mark Mother’s Day by asking their pupils to share a lunchtime meal with the special women in their lives.

Gomer Junior School in Gosport, had around 180 relatives attend the two lunch events yesterday to enjoy a hot meal from the new kitchen or a packed lunch.

For the mums and grandmas, it was a lovely opportunity to spend more time with the children.

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School governor Alix Horne with daughter Connie (160502-6213)

Kezia Hollands, from Lee-on-the-Solent, enjoyed lunch with daughter Emilia.

The 36-year-old said: ‘It was a really good idea and it’s great the school decided to arrange it.

‘It is nice to see so many people here and some grandmas too.’

Year 3 pupil Emilia, aged eight, added: ‘I have liked my mum coming in to sit with me. I has been nice having her here.’

School governor Alix Horne with daughter Connie (160502-6213)

Parent governor Alix Horne also enjoyed the visit. She sat with daughter Connie, also a Year 3 pupil.

Alix, 39, from Gosport, said: ‘It has been great to come in and see what the kids get up to at lunch and see how their day is going.

‘The lunch has been a real community effort.

‘Not every mum has been able to make it because of work, so it’s nice to see grandmas here or some mums looking after their children’s friends – no-one was left out.’

Connie said she liked making her mum’s packed lunch and sharing the meal with her.

Seven-year-old Albie Perkins invited his nana Lynn to the event at the school, off Pyrford Close.

He said: ‘It was good spending time with my nana. I liked speaking to her about my day at school.’

Lynn, from Gosport, added: ‘It was excellent of the school to organise this wonderful event.

‘It has been nice spending this time with Albie.’

Headteacher Georgina Mulhall said she was happy with the effort made by families.

‘Out of 240 children in the junior school, we had around 180 mums and grandmas which was great,’ she said.

‘We decided to make the event about the pupils inviting the special lady in their life, so it didn’t have to necessarily be their mums.

‘It seemed a lovely opportunity following on from Mother’s Day to invite the community into the school.

‘They were able to relax in the hall and enjoy a nice lunch in an informal atmosphere.’