Window on Wembley

2017-08-16 06:02

WEMBLEY College prides itself not only on academic success, but also on creating a school ethos with community outreach at its heart.
As part of this initiative, we actively encourage pupils to get involved in some kind of community outreach programme. Pupil involvement in community based work is altruistic, but at the same time, it is raising awareness about the needs within our community and pupils reap rich rewards from this kind of work, on a personal level. Community, charity-based work strengthens the character of our school and everyone within it. Each phase within the school has been involved in an outreach programme this year. We will begin with our SP classes. Grade 4 pupils, will embark on a visit to our local, old-age-home Arcadia, next term. The Grade 4 group will take picked flowers, their hand-crafted art flowers and biscuits to celebrate spring. The children will have tea with the residents.
Mrs Swart feels this interaction shows, "How keen our kids are to give love." Pupils will get a chance to see the frail-care unit where people need special care. It is important to make our pupils aware of the elderly and their needs.

Our Grade 5 pupils visited Letcee at the old Barracks last month, on 18 July, as part of their 67 minutes towards making a difference on Mandela Day.
The Barracks look after 121 children.
There is a food garden, a nutrition programme, homework club facilitation and a toy library set up to assist children. Letcee is an independent organisation which relies on donations and contributions in order to survive.
Their aim is to drive access to early childhood development through interactions with the community. They assist many communities in the Umzinyathi district - Mbuba, Eshana, Matimatola, Njengabuntu and The Barracks. Their mission is to build the confidence and capacity of families and communities to create nurturing environments for their children.
Letcee has six toy libraries, there are 6 212 children involved in all their programmes, 252 post-graduate students registered to study and 126 play facilities.

Letcee can feed a child for R200 a month. These projects uplift whole communities. What a privilege for Wembley College to be part of this amazing organisation. Miss Van der Merwe took tinned food and second-hand books which had been collected by our senior primary pupils. Grade 5 pupils enjoyed their time with the children. The boys played games while the girls enjoyed showing their love to the children.

Our Grade 6 and 7 pupils were part of a clean-up project at the school in the first term. Mrs Van Rooyen organised the collection of litter around the grounds. Pupils were also taught about alien plants which have begun to invade the school property.
Pupils came dressed in old clothes so they could get their hands dirty.

Alien vegetation refers to plants that are not native to a country and have been brought into a country from another place. It is a big threat to our plant and animal biodiversity. Pupils helped to rid the school of some of their illegal, alien plants.

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