The aim of Outreach in our Preparatory School is to give our children a heart for others and nurture the spirit of giving. To this end we try to have “hands-on” activities wherever practicable so that the children can learn about giving of themselves and not just monetarily.
The Preparatory Outreach team is made up of between 50-60 Grade 6 and 7 students who participate once a week in supporting the High School Outreach team and the HeronBridge Training and Resource Centre. Some of the activities include;
- collecting and making perceptual games out of anti-waste
- collecting recyclable goods to make gifts for the support staff children and the Christmas party.
These give the children the opportunity for a broader contribution to Outreach.
However, our main focus is building our community and so in 2016 the Prep Outreach changed its focus from supporting many diverse charities to mainly supporting the needs of the pre-schools that are affiliated to the HeronBridge College Training and Resource Centre. We have donated food, collected stationery, made resources and had fun with them. Recently we held a wonderful Where’s Wally? Civvies Day during Literacy week. The funds from this will go to buy books for those various pre-schools.
We also participate in the Stop Hunger Initiative which sees 120 000 meals packed. The whole school raises R120 000 to fund the purchase of the raw ingredients. Grades 1 to 7 are involved in the actual packaging of the ingredients into meal packs. These are distributed to the schools over the year to meet their desperate need for feeding.
The Grade 4 & 5’s have a Hot Chocolate and Pyjama Day where money is raised towards buying baby consumables, soft toys and blankets for the babies in our supported pre-schools in Diepsloot.
Towards the end of the year the Grade 1 – 3’s participate in making resources for the pre-schools, examples of which include using egg boxes to create colour patterns, making playdough and texture tiles out of anti-waste. The Grade 5 & 6’s visit our supporting pre-schools and spend a morning in the community installing comfort corners and blessing the children with a Christmas message of Hope.
As part of our Inreach initiative, the Grade 7’s host a Market Day and donate some of the money raised towards purchasing new school shoes for the children of our support staff and the Prep school donates non-perishable goods towards making hampers for our support staff.
Preparatory Pastoral Care Co-ordinator