Mandela Day normally takes place during the July school holidays, however, this year we found that we would all be back at school to celebrate Mandela Day. Our aim was to give of our own time and NOT get parents to buy things, it is important for the children to give of their time and to serve so this is what each Grade did.
Grade 1 and Grade 3: teamed up to make a simple lunch for the young street children very close to our school. We supplied the ingredients and the children got busy making toasted sandwiches and other goodies to feed the children. The meal was met with delight.
Grade 2: the children in Grade 2 asked Miss Cook if they could thank their teachers in some way and they decided to offer to clean the teacher’s cars, great fun was had by all and the staff were extremely grateful for their clean cars.
Grade 5: decided to write thank you letters to the police and Grade 7 made fresh home-made rolls which were dropped off at the Berea Police Station, much to the delight of the staff there.
Grade 6: decided to help their St James family by helping with reading with Grade 1 and 2 children as well as helping Mrs Ebersohn-Kuhn to tidy up the science lab.
Mrs Lloyd during her library lessons: got all the children throughout the school to write a letter about why we should love and respect the elderly in our community. She then took 3 childre, Rodas Tesfay, Langa Sigoni and Kamva Nxolo to deliver them to the elderly in the frail care section of Bill Buchanan Old Age Home.
Grade 4: continued to make items for Action in Autism, they made bags which focus on fine motor skills and colour, number and letter recognition.
I am extremely proud of each and every child at St James for giving so willingly and enthusiastically of their time for Mandela Day. Truly showing how to SERVE SELFLESSLY.