Mon 18th March
Dads and their children will be heading to Townsville Grammar School on Tuesday and Wednesday night with their favourite books in hand for the annual Dads’ Book and BBQ Night.
Mr Noel Nethery, Townsville Grammar School’s Head of Junior School, developed the ‘Book and BBQ’ programme to invite Dads to the School to share a book with their children and enjoy a friendly barbeque with other Dads. The night has a strong focus on literacy and how fathers can be involved with their children’s education through books.
The importance of Dads reading to their children as an every night activity has been recognised by many organisations, including the ‘Dads Read’ initiative. A huge 50% of our language is learned in the first three years of life and when fathers are involved with their children’s literacy education from a young age, their children demonstrate increased cognitive abilities, higher self-esteem and greater social competence. The event at Townsville Grammar School recognises the importance of a father’s role in their child’s early education, as well as helping to provide a supportive community of Dads to help continue the drive to read to their child every day and participate in their child’s learning journey.
The event has proven very popular since it was introduced almost ten years ago. Mr Nethery said “The Dads are really keen. They involve themselves not only in reading, but also in literacy related activities that enhance language development.”
Mr Nethery invites the Dads to look around the campus, through their child’s classroom and follows up with a casual barbeque. Fathers are able to use this casual evening to meet and connect with other Dads to discuss issues that Dads face in a relaxed and friendly environment.