melbourne’s Brunswick East Primary School is ditching the name ‘Mother’s Day’ for something a bit more inclusive. 

The school will re-name this Friday’s stall an “appreciation” stall.

“I sincerely hope that this change in name will show that we as a community recognise that our families are not made up of any particular combination of people and that we no longer subscribe to a binary world,” principal Janet Di Pilla told families.

The move comes on the back of an increase in two-father parent households across the country.

“I believe that days like this are important because we do need to stop and show gratitude for those around us,” the principal said in a newsletter.

“The adults who care for us are important and it is important that we as a school, help students to think of others and not just themselves.”

“I have spoken to a range of parents, about half the students in the school and we have discussed this issue extensively at school council,” she said.

Parents have responded well to the move.


“Not many families look like those shown in a Myer or David Jones’ catalogue. Our school, and many others, is made up lots of different families. Some kids, for whatever reason, may not have a mother in their lives, so I don’t mind if they broaden the stall so those kids feel included,” one parent told The Leader.