Our students really look forward to getting to year 8 and taking up their leadership roles in the school. This year it has been a little different as we are only now where we would normally be at the end of the first term and they have not had some of the opportunities they would normally have.
This week I met with all of the year 8s to talk about their leadership roles and their plans for the rest of the year. One of the things that came up again and again was concern for our community. They are wondering what they can do to help those who need help and there are some plans afoot. We are already connected with Oamaru's St Vincent de Paul Society but we are going to look at how we can connect with them even further in the next few months in order play a cooperative role in helping out our community. I will be going to the next St Vincent de Paul meeting in order to find out how we can link in further with them. The year 8s are very keen to do this.
Marianne and Libby are both actively problem-solving in their roles as head girl and Enviroleader. Marianne and others have identified that even if we have food items available at school, some people may feel uncomfortable about taking them, even if it is anonymous. Marianne emailed me to tell me, " was thinking that with every food taken they could leave a piece of paper with a word of advice or something that they could write down. I think maybe doing it this way may help , because they feel they are giving as well :)". She is continuing to think about it but what a great start she has made.
Libby has identified that our rubbish has decreased at school since Enviroschools started and the problem she has identified and is pondering how can we make people really care. She thinks that children can be outraged by dolphins swallowing plastic bags or rain forests burning, but it is too far away and does not really affect them. Like many of our other young leaders she is figuring out how we can "Bring it home," and make a difference locally.
I look forward to finding out more about their solutions.
Corpus Christi (Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ)
Hoiho did an amazing movie today for their Gospel presentation for this Sunday which is the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. They had a last supper table set up in the back room and children were running around dressed as apostles.
This is Mrs Streat filming her last part of their production on the church steps today.
Aroha and God Bless