Involvement in, and engagement with, the community that surrounds us is vital as our children learn to live as contributing citizens in South Africa. There are many initiatives at our school which are aimed at developing an awareness of others, both their needs as well as their talents and strengths. There are a number of opportunities for reaching out and making a difference in our community for children from Grade 000 to Grade 7.
The Pre-School children also have the opportunity to reach out to the community through the Oakwood Spring Tea. From time to time collections are also held for various much-needed items for community organisations.
The Grade 1 – 3s are involved in a community partnership project all year culminating in a Fun Day with the Tereo School. Bags filled with much-needed items are donated to each child from that school.
This is the primary school version of Rotary Interact. It allows our children to work with children from other schools on projects, or simply engage to promote understanding and build friendships. It is a national organisation and also has the potential to allow an ambassadorial role for participants. It is service based and activities will almost always be for charity purposes. It was started in 2011 at Somerset House.
This programme sees all Grade 6 pupils participating in a programme that aims to promote engagement with people living with disadvantages in the area. We have chosen to focus our efforts on one school so that our children can establish and develop meaningful relationships rather than experiencing giving with no engagement. The selected school is St Paul’s Primary School. The objective is that all children develop empathy for others and gain an understanding of the importance of community work.
This unique leadership model encourages individual children in Grade 7 to initiate and organise their own service projects as part of their participation in the 4 Leadership Programme components. These initiatives may involve other children or may be individually based. On average, more than 25 different initiatives are driven by our pupils in this way each year, making a substantial difference in the Helderberg and beyond.