NSW: Anger as grandparents called ‘big friends’ at school events

Anger as grandparents are nicknamed ‘GRANDAMIS’ at school events – here’s the politically correct reason why nan and pop have a new name

  • Changing grandparents to ‘great friends’ by some schools has been criticized
  • Substitute branded ‘doing good’ and ‘offensive’ by outraged Australians
  • Far from inclusive, the move has been criticized as in fact ‘exclusive’

The term grandparents has been replaced with the word “doing good” “great friends” at a number of school events, which has outraged many Australians.

NSW schools in Spring Farm, Bradbury, Concord, Drummoyne, Gillieston, Heathcote East, Kiama, Neutral Bay and Newtown have each renamed Grandparents Day to ‘Grandfriends Day’ in a bid to be ‘more inclusive “.

But Ian Barnett, the founder of the National Grandparent Movement, said it was a bizarre decision and rather than being inclusive it actually excluded ‘one of the most important people’ in a child’s life. .

“The implication behind this is of course that if grandparents are now grandfriends, that means the next logical step is for parents to become ‘friends,'” he told the AFP on Thursday. Channel Nine’s Today program.

The term “grandfriends” (pictured) has begun to take precedence over grandparents in some schools.

“It’s weird to do that and I don’t know the reasoning behind it either.”

Grandparents’ Day has long been used as an opportunity for senior members in a child’s life to join them at school for tea or an early lunch that celebrates their relationship.

In recent years, many schools have expanded the name to “Grandparents and Grandfriends Day,” but the decision to remove grandparents from the title or tone down its prominence has annoyed some many people.

“I can understand that they may want to help others fit in, but even the little ones who have lost their grandparents have others in their lives who play the role of grandparents,” Ms. Barnett.

“It’s such an important phrase and concept and it’s disappointing to think that we can no longer use it and become something like great friends.”

Survey

Should ‘grandfriends’ replace ‘grandparents’ in school events in Australia?

  • Yes it’s more inclusive and that’s the way society is 1 voice
  • Certainly not. It’s political correctness gone crazy 204 votes
  • Maybe. It depends on the situation. Some children do not have grandparents and may wish to invite another older person with them 7 votes

“They understand whether they’re physically connected to the child or not, they love the fact that they can be grandparents and connect and experience that part of their life.”

However, online commentators are mostly vehemently opposed to the use of the term great-friends.

“What a pile of filth,” said one.

‘I am a very proud grandparent. I’m so above all benefactors who want to change history and relationships just to confuse and include and wrap everyone in cotton so they won’t be offended.

Another said: ‘I am a very proud grandparent, my five grandchildren call me Nonna. Stop offending me.

“Changing everything doesn’t make us more inclusive,” another poster said.

One commentator spoke on behalf of many saying: ‘Grandparents have knowledge and experience that no one will ever have until they are mature enough and have lived their whole lives.’

“They deserve, and all grandparents demand, the utmost RESPECT that this title carries.”

NSW schools have come under fire for changing the term grandparents to 'great friends' on some school invitations.  Pictured is an image of a grandmother cooking with her grandchildren

NSW schools have come under fire for changing the term grandparents to ‘great friends’ on some school invitations. Pictured is an image of a grandmother cooking with her grandchildren

In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell addressed the situation at one school in particular.

“Spring Farm Public School used the term to promote their event because they had invited residents of a local aged care facility who are pen pals with the students.

“It was an opportunity for young students who sadly lost their grandparents to feel included in the day’s celebrations,” she said.

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