A Mandela Day with a difference

Mandela Day, 18 July, has long been an integral part of the Partners for Possibility Programme. Ravensmead High School decided to celebrate Mandela Day in a very different fashion to most other schools. The focus of their Mandela Day was on the learners and fostering good, healthy relationships between them. Principal Joseph Bouman and the staff, at the High School, felt that this was one way to address the low levels of respect and appreciation between the leaners and chose Mandela Day as their opportunity to address it.

Earlier in the school week, the learners chose names at random. Every learner had to bring a small luxury snack for the person whose name they chose. They also had to say a few kind words to the other learner.

The school day started with a short assembly where the learners were briefly provided with information on the life of Nelson Mandela, followed by a scripture reading and prayer. The learners also sang Happy Birthday to Madiba to commemorate the day.

Soup and bread was donated to the school and this was served during the first interval and was thoroughly enjoyed by the learners.

In addition, learners were requested to earn R3, by doing a chore at home or by being of service to someone else. They had to bring the R3 to school on Mandela Day.  Principal Joseph Bouman emphasised the importance of learners earning the money, even just by doing the dishes at home, so that they can learn to work for what they want and also enjoy the gift of giving. The money collected will be donated to a local charity.

30 November -1, 00:00