As school and parent body, we are fortunate to be in a position to offer this education to our children, and it heartening to see how they thrive in this nurturing and stimulating environment. However, we also want to ensure that our children grow up to be global citizens who know that they can and should look beyond their own lives and try to make a difference in the lives of others who are less fortunate than them.
To develop this sense of global conscience we create many opportunities for students to engage in service learning and charity work. One such project is our Support Nepal Campaign which was launched last year in response to the devastating Earthquake that happened in Nepal. We raised an amazing 85,722RMB to help with the immediate aid response. However, we also want students to understand that the recovery from such a disaster is not a quick process and that, even after a year, many children and families are still living in terrible conditions with little access to safe housing, medicines, education and basic items.
Now we would like to once again ask for your support as part of our second wave support for Nepal. This will be a longer term project where we will support the rebuilding of a village school in the village of Chalish, Dhading, which is situated in the central northern part of Nepal and one of the most affected areas. The village are working under the guidance of The Nepalese Government on this rebuild project which will first involve constructing 3 Earthquake resistant classrooms to service the local community and allow the children to get back into school after this long break in their learning. Unfortunately the costs of building materials and transportation to this remote area are high and the work is progressing slowly so any financial support we can provide will speed up this process. We will work in partnership with the school and aid agencies on the ground to ensure our donations are effectively used and to follow the progress with regular updates and photos. This project, however, is not just about fundraising but also about education. We aim for our students to make connections with the local children in Chalish and develop an understanding of the similarities and differences of their lives.
Our first “Support Nepal” fund raiser will be the Garden Party Raffle and we encourage you to buy some raffle tickets at this event– you will have the chance to win some fabulous prizes while contributing some bricks and mortar for Chalish Village School. More “Support Nepal” initiatives will be shared with students and parents in due course and we look forward to students, staff and parents getting involved in this worthwhile project.
We are busy getting ready for our annual Garden Party on Saturday 23 April which is a wonderful chance for us all to come together for a community social. We encourage you to buy your tickets and get into the spirit of the day by preparing an amazing hat or shield - flamboyant, fabulous and even more fantastic if you can link it to the Shakespeare theme! We look forward to you joining us and having a great time.
Niki Meehan, Vice Principal