Grandparents get to see how much school has changed
ALEXANDRA Watt didn't just have her grandma at Grandparents Day last week, she had her great grandma there, too.
Lynne Andrews, 54, and her mother Fay Rasmussen, 79, did a day trip to Gladstone from Gracemere just for the event at Kin Kora State School on Wednesday.
Year 1 student Alexandra was as proud as punch at school, holding the hands of both women as she chatted to the Observer.
"It's wonderful to me because I like having them here and I miss them," Alexandra said.
The trio did colouring in and cutting out during classroom activities and joined in with the other grandparents for a morning tea.
Being at a primary school brought back many memories for Mrs Rasmussen, who went to school in the 1940s.
"I went to school in Brisbane and we never wore shoes," she said.
"We never even had paper.
"In the war years, the teachers went to war and there were up to 60 kids in a class. I found it really difficult.
"It's all different now."
Mrs Rasmussen finished school in year 7 to become a dress maker.
That was the norm, unless you were lucky enough to win a scholarship.
She also said everything was rationed in the Second World War days.
"We would line up on the street to have a ham bone," she said. "A horse and cart delivered our bread.
"We didn't have what they have now."
Mrs Rasmussen said her family survived on their father's plumber's wage, which was the equivalent of $9 a week.
"We had two school dresses, a good dress, a home dress and two pairs of shoes.
Mrs Andrews, a mother of three, also reflected on the change in education over the years.
"The schools are completely different with the interactive white boards. We only had chalk," she said.
"I've seen a lot of change in Gladstone when we visit."
Despite the big change in schooling, the pair couldn't express enough how important it was to have a good relationship with your grandchildren.
"Today is wonderful," Mrs Andrews said. "It's nice to get involved with the kids. They are so giving.
"And I love that Alexandra has good manners and she loves school."
Mrs Rasmussen said she loved spending time with Alexandra when she could.
"I love being a mother, grandma and great grandma," she said.
She's also not too far behind with the times.
"I have an iPod and Facebook," Mrs Rasmussen laughed.
At the Grandparents Day morning tea, Eileen Pickup was found to be the eldest grandparent at 86.
She was born in 1929 and is the great grandmother to Kody Robinson, in year 3.
She travelled from Bundaberg to attend.