Eaglehawk Primary School welcomed their fathers, father-figures and grandfathers as part of Australia's leading not-for-profit The Fathering Project's program working to inspire and equip connection.
More than 65 paternal role models came through the school gates for a barbeque, plane making and ball games.
Principal Fiona Lindsay was impressed by the turn-out which went ahead prior to the recent Victorian coronavirus lockdown.
"When we saw 65 dads turn up, we couldn't believe it," she said.
"To see the children's reactions and seeing them enjoy their afternoon with their fathers and father-figures was amazing.
"We know our families want the best for their children and this just proved it.
"The children had a chance to spend quality time with their fathers and father-figures while they got to chat among themselves and got to meet dads they've never met before."
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"It was an amazing day and we've had really positive feedback from parents," he said.
"Even the staff were thrilled to see so many dads and adults in the school, as a strong home - school partnership supports positive learning
"Programs promoting father and father-figures engagement are incredibly beneficial for our school community.
It helps us work towards creating stronger relationships and connections between fathers, children and the school.Rhys Barri
The Fathering Project's program's purpose is to engage fathers and father figures, for the benefit of the children.
Presenter Rodney Eade said research showed an engaged and involved father and father-figure had a significant impact on a child's social, emotional and cognitive development, as well as an impact academically.
"Every single one of their faces lit up, and you could tell just how excited they were to have their father figure at the school," he said.
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