Pupils give back to community

2015-09-08 06:00
Right: Amelie de la Harpe from Micklefield Primary School with Tegra Tshofu-Katenga and Botlebotlile Sikele from Rosmead Primary School showing off their puppets.

Right: Amelie de la Harpe from Micklefield Primary School with Tegra Tshofu-Katenga and Botlebotlile Sikele from Rosmead Primary School showing off their puppets.

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Micklefield Primary School in Ronde­bosch has celebrated its 87th anniversary. The school is still going strong.

The staff’s goal is to make sure that their pupils become better citizens of tomorrow.

It has become a tradition at Micklefield to mark the school’s anniversary by giving back to the broader community. This year again, the school was a flurry of activity and outings. Every girl in the school celebrated 87 years of Micklefield life in a variety of ways last week.

Jeannette Welgemoed, the school’s headmistress, says caring and responding to the changing needs of the community in which they live are integral parts of Micklefield’s ethos.

“It is about inspiring our girls to become aware of the needs of others. It’s wonderful to celebrate our school. Classes had to stop as we do something special for the community. This was to show to our pupils that caring for others is very important,” she says.

Many eventsThe pre-primary and Grade 1 pupils sang for the residents at Riverside Manor retirement centre and Avondrust old age home. The Grade 2 pupils chopped vegetables and made soup packets for the Haven night shelter.

The Grade 3 pupils knitted squares for charity, decorated cupcakes for the police and created cards for their friends at Vista Nova School. The Grade 4 pupils lent a hand at South African Riding for the Disabled and the Grade 5 pupils shared their favourite books and made paper bag puppets with the Grade 1 pupils of Rosmead Primary School.

A thanksgiving tea was hosted by the Grade 6s for the charities involved in their entrepreneurship programme. The Grade 7 pupils played music and shared stories with the residents at the South African Women’s Auxiliary in Pinelands.

Feels good to helpGrade 7 pupils said they took a lot out of the events of the day. While it was a day on which they wanted to do something for others in the community, they gained so much more. The events of the day made them realise that being elderly doesn’t stop one from doing what you love and being happy. They also realised that it made them feel good to do something for others and to make others feel happy.

Welgemoed says from here forward their focus is to make sure that the girls are prepared for the future.

“Though academics are still our priority we want to make sure that they are better prepared.

“This is more about impacting life skills and to have them play meaningful roles in society. We are going to grow and develop better people who care about their communities and its citizens,” she says

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