|Grade 4 student Ryker F. posing with his plate of food|
The Family Picnic is a highly anticipated event that’s become a May tradition at IHMS for the past 21 years. The picnic is not organized by the school – it’s organized by the parents of the school, the Parent’s Guild. It’s open to all current IHMS students and their family members. It’s also open to former students who have already graduated and moved on to other schools. In fact, the picnic is a great way for alumni to revisit the school to reconnect and socialize with old friends in the school community.
|A few of the IHMS graduates who attended the Family Picnic|
|The Family Picnic is open to all IHMS students and their parents, but it’s also open to other members of the IHMS community, including staff members.|
|A few of the younger students at the picnic|
A lot of the parents brought lawn chairs and socialized while their children enjoyed the various activities planned by the organizing committee. As students played with their friends and parents socialized with other parents, these positive interactions help create an important sense of community within the school.
Everything about the Picnic was informal – families came when they could, and stayed as long as they wanted. Admission was only one pre-cut home baking per family.
|Parents relaxing in the playground during the picnic’s informal setting|
|Mr. Arnold Dumlao, organizer of the 2018 Annual Family Picnic|
|The day of the picnic was also a N.U.T. day, and students were encouraged to dress in comfortable and colourful summer wear. This was a great idea because the weather was mainly cloudy and about 24 degrees Celsius – a pleasant day for a picnic.|
|Grade 6 students having fun at the picnic|
At 4:15 p.m., Mr. Picklyk announced that the food was being served right after Sr. Ruth Aney, SSMI led everyone in prayer. People lined up to eat immediately after Sr. Ruth said grace
|Students and parents at the food table, the dessert table, and the beverage stations|
|Students enjoying the food at the Family Picnic|
As in the past few years, there was one main attraction at the Family Picnic – an inflatable bouncer. This was a large air-filled structure that children crawled up on one side (after removing their shoes), in order to bounce or slide down the other side. Because it was so popular, most kids had to wait in line for a few minutes to try it out.
|Parent and student volunteers managed to keep the picnic running smoothly. The student volunteers, who were all from grade 7 and 8, did a wonderful job in reducing the number of parent volunteers needed. This gave more parents the chance to relax and spend time with their families. Workers were needed for the inflatable bouncer slide, the food tables, the two barbeques, the popcorn and mini donut stations, and the cotton candy machine. These stations also required some heavy lifting in setting up and tearing down afterwards. Parent volunteers were also busy working behind the scenes preparing the food and drink for the picnic.|
A table was set up for people to enter their name for a free raffle of donated prizes. This year, there were some excellent prizes. Every family attending the Picnic was eligible to enter their family’s name once.
|Everything about the picnic seemed to go as planned despite the dire weather forecast (it never did rain). The weather turned out better than expected, and everyone seemed to have a good time! Thank you to Mr. Arnold Dumlao for organizing the entire event, and all the volunteers who made the family picnic the success that it was.||