Father's Day


To recognise the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children, Father’s Day is celebrated at Southwell Primary in September. This day celebrates fatherhood and parenting contributions of men.

At Southwell we vary our celebrations, sometimes we invite fathers to the school, while other occasions we give cards or gifts.  The importance of a father is to be observed and honoured by society. A father is well placed to be the superhero who is always ready to take on everyday troubles of his children. Just like a mother, a father is the person who works tirelessly to fulfil the needs of his children and then tries to spend maximum time with his children.

We would like the fathers of our students to know that we stress the important role of fathers in nurturing children and building stronger society. To honour the spirit of all such fathers we commemorate the efforts and contributions of fathers at Southwell.

We know that learning outcomes are most likely to be achieved when early childhood educators work in partnership with families. Southwell staff recognise that families are children’s first and most influential teachers. They create a welcoming environment where all children and families are respected and actively encouraged to collaborate with educators about curriculum decisions in order to ensure that learning experiences are meaningful.

Father’s day celebrations help build partnerships with fathers that are based on the foundations of understanding each other’s expectations and attitudes, and build on the strength of each others’ knowledge.

In our partnerships between fathers and early childhood educators we aspire to:

  • value each other’s knowledge of each child
  • value each other’s contributions to and roles in each child’s life
  • trust each other
  • communicate freely and respectfully with each other
  • share insights and perspectives about each child
  • engage in shared decision-making.

Father’s day events support working together to explore the learning potential in every day events, routines and play so that children are provided with daily opportunities to learn from active participation and engagement in these experiences in the home and in early childhood or specialist settings.

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