Outreach to other communities in our area is a very important function for our boys. We need to make them aware of the plight of people less fortunate than ourselves and then provide opportunities for them to act. Our focus in this regard remains Ashdown School in Edendale. However, we have not made it exclusively so. Various Grades were tasked with finding something that the boys could do for a day during the course of the year. The idea is to get the boys to experience first hand and then to do something about it in a hands-on way.
The following activities were carried out in 2015:
|RR||Collected food for the pets at SPCA.|
|R||Visited the elderly at The Nest, where they did puzzles and had a sing-a-long.|
|Whole Pre Primary||Teachers and grandparents knitted teddies for CHOC.|
|Grade 1||Read with Grade 1 children at Ashdown Primary School.|
|Grade 2||Contributed to iThemba project which is run in pre-primary schools in Sweetwaters.|
|Grade 3||Visited Ashdown for a sing-a-long. Grade 3s collected stationery to make up stationery bags for each child in Grade 3 at Ashdown, as well as reams of A4 paper and coloured chart paper for the school.|
|Grade 4||Visited NCVV. Sang songs with the elderly and distributed hand cream and socks donated from Grandparents Day.|
|Grade 5||Collected R11 740 for Roselands and have asked that this year some of the children come and join them for their outing. Visited a Creche for abandoned babies and took donations of clothing and food.|
|Grade 6||Delivered packs of goodies to the Children’s Oncology ward at Greys Hospital.|
|Grade 7||Collected Sports equipment for Triandra School and Yarrow School in Karkloof as well as food for the Elderly.|
|Music Department||Grade 7s from the Music Department visit the frail care centre at Woodgrove termly. Two concerts at John Peattie House were held as well.|
As a school:
- Collected Easter Eggs
- Collection of an outfit to clothe a boy or a girl – Winter warmth
- Eden Gardens (Jikka Joe), with Joel Ruttenberg held their monthly “Jammy Group” meeting at Cordwalles
- Cake and Candy donations, centred around Tekkie Tax Day, Reach for a Dream
- Polar Bear Challenge-donation to Cystic Fybrosis (Jonathan Prince an old boy is not too well at the moment)
- Raised awareness of the Fulweni Coal Mine proposed for the border of the iMfolozi Game Reserve.
- Raised R13 250 to buy a cheetah collar through Forever Wild, and R18 000 towards protecting the iMfolozi Game Reserve.
- The whole school embarked on a Pink Drive. We collected Hygiene and Starter kits for children and teenagers at Greys Hospital Oncology Unit.
- Pink Drive Swim-a-thon raised R 35 000
- Pink Drive Cancer Tea raised R10 000
- Paid R740 to MOTHS War Veterans for Remembrance Day
Ashdown Primary School:
We toured the school with interested parents and some board members, to meet teachers and view the school and gardens.
- Kitchen renovation
A parent, Kevin Hohls has along with Sam Hubble, driven this project which will come about this year.
- Roof repair
Hulamin has taken control of this project and it will be effected during the April school holidays. Thank you to another parent, Clayton Fisher for motivating this.
Thanks to a regular Gresham Wealth donation, Mrs Shezi is able to pay a gardener to maintain the school’s gardens. A very big thank you to Sunshine Seedlings for donations of seedlings, which enable the children to have a cooked meal a day.
- Duncan Paul, the grandfather of one of our Grade 2 boys and owner of Boulder Creek Spur, has donated redundant Spur tables for use in the classrooms at Ashdown. He has also offered used Spur crockery and cutlery which, when it comes, will be put to use in the new kitchen.
- Boardroom tables were donated by Kevin Hohls. These have been placed in the Ashdown staffroom, where they are well used and much appreciated.
- Tony Wilson a Cordwalles parent (Jacobs Joinery) has offered to pay for the fittings / moving / replacement of the gas bottle for the kitchen, as well as the cage which will house it. He has also offered to donate some used book shelving and to repair the broken desks and chairs which are at present in the storeroom at Ashdown. Mr Allbon of The Built in Cupboard Centre also has units ready for the completed kitchen.
- Teaching continues, a Wednesday group, Gr 5 & 6 with Mrs Smallie and on Thursday a group of Grade 3 & 4 with Mrs Colepeper. Their Numeracy and literacy skills and in particular their mastery of English is coming on steadily! There are many plans afoot for forging bonds and a mutual symbiotic relationship between our two schools, the staff and the pupils. We may continue to live in the world of privilege, but it is our duty to open our eyes to what goes on around us and to make a difference in some way.