Outreach, or community work undertaken by members of the St John’s D.S.G. community, either as individuals or in groups, is in keeping with our vision to develop girls who “contribute meaningfully to our immediate and broader environment” in a spirit of service and humility. A variety of groups within the school are involved with a range of larger projects on an ongoing basis, and many other initiatives are supported annually, including Bandana Day.
ASHBURTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
The school’s primary outreach project is Ashburton Primary School, where Grade 10 girls create teaching materials and facilitate learning experiences with the classes. This year, the school’s Principal, Mr Ephraim Sbusiso Zibonele Ndlovu, has asked us to focus on developing a reading programme which will provide structure and context for the classroom visits. We will also be collecting suitable children’s readers for the classrooms.
Another project that the school supports at Ashburton Primary School is their feeding scheme. Money is raised through the St John’s D.S.G. “Fan Friday” Campaign, to buy a nutrient-dense cereal which is given to children who come to school hungry.
The girls’ favourite Ashburton Primary School project, however, is the Christmas Party. Each year the Grade 10s host a fabulous affair, with crafts, games, songs and team activities to suit the different age groups, not to mention creating party packs.