They’re not a common sight in schools – but a Southsea infants was swarming with dads who spent a morning taking part in fun activities with their little ones.
More than 20 dads took the day off work to attend the special Daddies’ Day event at St John’s College, organised to give them the chance to spend time with their sons and daughters in nursery and reception classes.
After lining their stomachs with bacon butties, the happy families spent time junk modelling, playing tiny tennis, painting, building with Lego and tower-making.
Children also took the opportunity to escort their dads around the school to show them all their excellent work. Nick Scott and his daughter Sasha, four, started the day off with a painting activity.
He says: ‘I think it’s tremendous that St John’s has organised today.
‘It is useful for us parents to understand a bit more about their school day, and to be able to interact with teachers – as we usually just see them briefly when we are dropping off or picking up our children.’
Sasha adds: ‘It’s good because my daddy is here today.’
Tony Fleming accompanied his daughter Amy, four. He says: ‘It’s been a wonderful morning, and nice to see what Amy gets up to in school. We have had the opportunity to play together. It’s been good fun.’
While the majority of visitors were dads, two grandads also joined in on the day.
Leon Ormston, four, who made a train with his grandad Brian using straws, sticky tape and boxes, says: ‘I’ve enjoyed having my granddad here today because I love him.
‘We made Thomas the Tank Engine together, and I did the most!’
John Grinstead spent time with his granddaughter Eleanor Mawson, four, building a tower.
He says: ‘The tower wasn’t terribly secure but it was over 80cm high.
‘I have enjoyed today, and the children seem to be enjoying it a great deal – Eleanor certainly seems pleased that I am here. There is a really friendly atmosphere.’
Claire Davies, head of pre-prep at St John’s, says: ‘It is important for us to build good relationships with our parents – we want to involve them as much as possible.’