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Community Hubs at Banksia Road and Rydalmere Public Schools organised special Grandparents Day events on November 2, attracting over 300 grandparents, parents and grandchildren.

Grandparents Day Community Hubs at Rydalmere and Greenacre celebrate the contribution grandparents make to families.

At Rydalmere’s Grandparents Day morning tea, students, grandparents and their senior citizen friends enjoyed painting and creating DIY coasters.

At Banksia Road, Greenacre, grandparents, seniors, parents and children were entertained by dancing and singing from Banksia Road students. They enjoyed morning tea and lunch, received door prizes, visited information stalls and received health checks.

Grandparents also had the opportunity to visit classrooms.

"The day was an important reminder of the integral role our grandparents play in our lives," said NSW Community Hubs Manager Fatima Kourouche.

"There are many demands placed on grandparents these days," she said. "With the rising costs of living, many grandparents have to stay in the workforce for longer periods. Those who are not working are pressured by their children to support with childcare."

Ms Kourouche said grandparents played a critical part in their grandchildren’s lives.

"This is a special time to celebrate the support and contribution made by grandparents to their families," she said.

Banksia Road Principal Hamish Woudsma welcomed visitors to the school and expressed his appreciation for the way the Banksia Road Community Hub promoted a positive school culture.

The Community Hubs program is a national program working with local communities and governments to support refugees and new migrants as they achieve independence and become active community members.

SSI is the designated support agency for Community Hubs in NSW, where Hubs are located at primary schools in Parramatta, Bankstown and Blacktown local government areas.

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