This Mandela Day, as always, our pupils, parents and educators enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others through their time and contributions. The high school recently treated the children from Kids Haven in Benoni to a day at the movies, watching Toy Story 4 together with our outreach team, and later enjoying a meal at Wimpy. Kids Haven is a home that was founded to rehabilitate primarily street children and bring hope into their lives. Funds for the outing were raised by selling refreshments at the major production, Prometheus. The outreach team were humbled by the excitement of the children as they donned their 3D glasses and enjoyed their movie snacks. What would have been an otherwise uneventful Saturday turned into a memorable and special event for the guests. The Primary School collected a variety of carefully chosen nutritious and non-perishable food items which will be sent to two organizations: Hellenic Orthodox Ladies Association (HOLA) who assist the Greek community in Gauteng and the Primrose Methodist Church (Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard), which is a feeding scheme that tends to the needs of the church congregation and the destitute in the Primrose community. A special assembly was held this morning, displaying the food items collected in a huge “67”. The learners proudly sang the national anthem and the Grade 7 Outreach Team recited Madiba’s favourite poem “Invictus”, against a backdrop of posters highlighting Mandela’s inspirational values. The Pre-Primary and Playschool collected toiletry items as well as staple food items for the Stegi Agapis and the Nomikeios Greek Old Age Home in Orange Grove. These homes house elderly and underprivileged male and female adults. This morning, a group of Grade R learners visited the Nomikeios Greek Old Age Home to deliver the collection. They also interacted with the residents by singing songs to the appreciative residents, and treated them to traditional Greek foods. The other children spent their 67 minutes collecting litter around the school and discussing recycling, since environmental awareness is also a global concern currently. A special word of thanks to all parents and pupils for your generosity and to our outreach staff for co-ordinating the collections.
Write-up: Mrs B Soobramoney; photos - SAHETI Outreach teachers