At Sun Valley, every day is Mandela Day!

In an effort to give back to our community, not just on the 18th July, but throughout the year, Sun Valley committed itself to a series of Community Outreach Projects that would be carried out in Grade R-7 as well as through the Sun Valley staff.

We are only halfway through the year, yet there is already so much that our students and staff have done for our special community and surrounds.

Below are some of the exciting projects that have already taken place this year…

Grade R

To kickstart their first Outreach project of the year, Sunbird made it their mission to collect non-perishable nutritional food items for the Neuverus-Napier Aftercare Centre to see them through the fast approaching winter weather. Their little faces say it all as they embarked on their first collection drive handover to the aftercare. Love, kindness and gratitude filled our little Sunbirdie’s hearts as they adopted the giving spirits to donate to those less fortunate.

Grade 3

In Grade 3, the Outreach is focused on underprivileged  children in our local community. The Grade 3s visit iThemba Pre-Primary twice a year and spend time playing and sharing a picnic on the field with the children from iThemba. As a grade, they gather toys and balls to donate to them on their visits. Mrs Altern and Miss Greenwood’s classes visited iThemba Pre-Primary in Term 2 and Mrs Best and Mrs Negus will visit in the coming weeks.

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Grade 4

In Term 2,  the Grade 4s headed to Muizenberg Beach to join Clean C for a beach cleanup. With bags for rubbish and gloves to keep their hands clean, the children attacked all forms of litter that they could get their hands on. Litter was collected from the beach front along the coast all the way to Sunrise Circle. Along with the beach cleanup, the Sun Valley students also collected sugar and flour for the “Made with Love” project in Joe Slovo Park. The Grade 4s really enjoyed the beach clean up and were excited that they got to do something special for our seas.

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Grade 5

Early in Term 2, the Grade 5s set off to visit the children at the Bhongolethu Foundation.

After weeks of collecting educational toys, our Grade 5’s proudly handed over their donations, hoping the resources could make learning more fun for these eager children.

Our Grade 5s were welcomed with open arms by 55 energetic and excited young children with huge smiles across their faces.  It was heartwarming to witness the instant connections between all the children.

The Grade 5s spent their morning interacting with the Grade Rs; spoiling them with healthy picnic treats, building lego towers, teaching them cricket and soccer skills, playing on the jungle gyms as well as teaching them about the importance of picking up litter. It was an awesome experience making a difference and developing new friendships!

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Sun Valley Staff and Students

The 2018 Winter Warmer Drive was better than ever before! With the help of the Sun Valley Family, our Staff Community Service project collected a total of 228 Blankets and 557 Food Items. In Term 2, some of the Sun Valley staff delivered the donations to Living Hope in Red Hill, for distribution to families in need in Ocean View, Masi, and Red Hill.

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Library Project

The Centre for Early Childhood Development and the Cape Town Museum invited our school to participate in their Book Drive Initiative which is to be launched in support of International Literacy Day.

The aim of the Drive, with our parents and children, was to help provide reading books to 67 early childhood development centres (crèches) across the Western Cape that have little to no access to books.

We gained incredible support in this important initiative and donated new or gently used books for children between the ages of 2 and 6 years.  The turn out was phenomenal. Pictured we have our some of our Grade 7 Students with a few of the books that were collected.

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Upcoming community Service Projects include:

Grade 1

In the third Term Our Grade 1s learn all about their Environment as part of their Life Skills Program. They will explore how plants grow, learn about healthy eating and focus on how we can all make a difference. The Grade 1 set-work book is Dr Seuss’ The Lorax and they learn how important it is to take care of their environment and protect their trees and animals. Our Grade 1s get the opportunity to give back and put their new found environmental skills and ideas into practice by collecting warm blankets and tinned/dry dog food for TEARS. Our CARE Counsellors will have the opportunity to visit TEARS to drop off the items on behalf of our Grade 1 classes.

Grade 2

The Grade 2s are working alongside the Sweetpeas Organisation to provide emergency care packs for babies born at False Bay Hospital. Last term, the leader of the Sweetpeas Organisation came into our classrooms and spoke to the Grade 2s about the newborn babies and how little they have to go home with when they leave the hospital. Since then the Grade 2s have been enthusiastically collecting essential items for the emergency care packs. They can’t wait to hand these items over to Sweetpeas in a few weeks time!

Grade 6

In September, the Grade 6s will embark on a Community Service Outreach to Living Hope. There, they will pack goodie bags containing toiletry items that they have collected over the month of August. The items will be issued to those in need seeking refuge from Living Hope.

Grade 7

Unfortunately, the Clothes to Cash Organisation has closed down, but our Grade 7s have some exciting projects lined up – stay tuned!

 

Watch the blog for more exciting photos in the coming weeks!

Happy Mandela Day!

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