Pupils spend 120 minutes giving back

Grade 9 pupils making cards for the Red Cross Childrens Hospital.

Rustenburg Girls’ High School pupils celebrated Mandela Day a little early, at the end of June, with each pupil contributing 120 minutes to their Mandela Day project.

The Interact Club made 378 loaves of sandwiches for the needy; some Grade 11s helped the ground staff clear flower beds at Huis Luckhoff, and other pupils helped the school cleaning staff.

Several classes helped the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, with one class making party packs for patients.

Matric girls helped with daily chores at the hospital while another class made bracelets and sold them to raise money for the hospital.

Pupils made stationery packs for Isolomzi Secondary School in the Eastern Cape, and Grade 8s cleaned up the Liesbeeck River.

The Earth Children service group at the school was involved in making eco bricks, while Grade 9s made care packages and donated soft toys and cards to Maitland Cottage Home.

Washable sanitary towels were made and sewn together for girls who stay home from school because they can’t afford sanitary pads.

Principal Michael Gates said, “The school has always encouraged our learners to give back to the less fortunate, by getting involved with community service work. With the range of projects they have chosen, one can see that they have made a difference to many people, a few animals, and a variety of organisations.”