Despite the rain, many grandparents gathered in the hall of Lavender Hill High School on Thursday 18 July, for their Mandela Day celebration of the seniors. The school invited the grandparents of the learners for tea and treats.“Most of the children are raised by their grandparents,” said life sciences educator, Vanessa September.According to September, this was the school’s way of saying thank you to the grandparents for the roles they play in assisting with the progress in raising a healthy generation of learners. The initiative to treat grandparents came from school principal, Annelize Robson. According to Robson, the idea came after she heard many grandparents talking about raising her learners due to various reasons – prompting her to celebrate their efforts, acknowledging their roles played on behalf of the learners.“How can we give back to the community,” Robson explains her reasoning.“We have people lining up to help us, it’s not Ubuntu to just receive. How about honouring grandparents,” Robson said. The school committees – learners, staff and administration and management – collaborated with various arms of the community in hosting their guests on the day. In attendance were hairstylists from surrounding communities, Woolworths Lakeside representatives. Pick n Pay Grassy Park provided drinks for the event.Woolworths Lakeside had a table laden with an assortment of delicious treats, served by the representatives of the company who were on-site; while many of the honoured guests were being treated to free hair treatments.There were also performances offered by the learners, who performed songs, as well as dance routines choreographed by Liesle Hendricks.In total, 250 people were catered for in abundance.“It is a very good event because most of the grandparents in the community never get a chance to do this,” said school counsellor, Esme Schippers.“They are doing a great thing by recognising grandparents and just showing them that they are important,” said student teacher and ex-student of the school, Chante Rector, at the event.Most of the learners were dismissed from school earlier on Thursday, so that the grandparents and staff may be given full priority. Some learners played a large role in creating a successful atmosphere of the day.Britney Issacs, chairperson of the Representative Council of Learners (RCL), said that as the RCL they try and involve themselves in whatever happens at school, they were ready to chime in and help wherever they could. Isaacs said that it was a great experience for the grandparents.“We decided as a group to help out in any way we can,” said Hyrom van Heerden, a Grade 9 learner volunteering as a server on the day along with a few friends. They were assisted by ex-students in serving the school community grandparents the food and dessert on the day.