A Melbourne primary school has renamed this year’s Mother’s Day stall to be more inclusive of ‘diverse’ families and students who don’t have a mother.

Brunswick East Primary School in Melbourne will call the stand an ‘appreciation stall’ instead.

“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 in a school newsletter.

People are outraged at the change

A discussion on the Sunrise Facebook page found people were totally against the idea.

– “It’s Mothers Day. It’s Fathers Day. What next? Are we going to rename Happy Birthday to “Happy Arrival Day”? To include all the surrogates, ceasarian, test tube and adopted babies? Just leave it alone. Maybe make a NEW “special carers day”.. move with the times without changing tradition.”

– “My daughters kindy had a mothers day pamper thing yesterday and today and on the note it says invite mum, nan, grandmar, sister, aunty or best friend. Just because a kid doesn’t have a mum doesn’t mean they don’t have a special female in there life.”

– “If you feel the need for an appreciation day go for it choose a date. Leave Mothers and fathers day alone for those who wish to continue this tradition.”

– “Why! PC gone made. Let kids be kids and leave mothers and fathers day alone. Let families celebrate how they see fit. Not everyome has a mum and dad but they can chose what day to celebrate that special figure in their life.”

– “Seriously? We have mothers day and fathers day and everything in between. Why try to make it more inclusive when pretty much everyone in a family has a day of appreciation already.”

Do you think it is a wise decision to make the day more inclusive?

Share your comments below

  • More inclusive? There are multiple days throughout the year that celebrate different people in their lives. If you don’t have a mum, wait til Father’s Day to celebrate your dad. If you have neither, wait for Easter or Christmas or your birthday for a celebration. This is just stupid!


  • Mother’s do more than enough to deserve one day of the year be about them.


  • The world is going mad! Ridiculous


  • This is absolutely ridiculous!


  • So completely ridiculous. If this is all they have to worry about every child in that school must be healthy, happy and learning exceptionally well


  • No, it’s ridiculous! There are many other days to celebrate others in the family, so many celebrations days for so many reasons, everyone had their time to shine


  • In USA they celebrate a lot of days. I’m certain the have a special day for Grandparents too


  • As a parent of a child at this school, and a parent since 2010, I have watched over time BEPS fall in to the marginalised far left and it breaks my heart. When I first heard of this idea I had a very constructive and long conversation with Janet, the principle, but knew that a minority of virtue signalling parents would hijack for their own altruistic cause.
    Those whom rally against offence have become what they have been fighting – Fascists; if you do not agree with what they say you are a bigot, sexist, racist and you will be shouted down.


  • A name change is riddiculous. As a child of a single parent, I do know what it’s like, but that doesn’t mean we cant have a special day for Mothers and those who are a significant mother like figure in our life.


  • I feel for the children who don’t have someone to attend, I really do. I was going to be a substitute mum for another girl in my daughters class for mother’s day today as her mum has to work, but my girl is unwell so I can’t. But there is always somebody else to fill in for them. Yes, it’s not the same, but it doesn’t mean that a name change needs to take place! Just call it mother’s day, as that’s what it is.


  • It seems unnecessary – it’s already possible to include others.


  • Personally I think it is absolute nonsense and shouldn’t have been changed.


  • I do wonder if this was taken to a vote?


  • I don’t like this move at all. They are getting ridiculous with all these changes!


  • Mothers are mothers and we deserve one day a year without having to change it just because people are too sensitive these days


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