Giving back is rewarding
THE message of giving back to the community extends beyond the local for those at St Joseph’s Primary School.
The Community Ministry has taken on a sister school in Papua New Guinea after local man Neil Baker began teaching students about the region.
Community ministry leader and St Joseph’s Primary School teacher Jaz Slack came up with the idea after Mr Baker’s visit.
“We laid a connection with a Papua New Guinea school at one of the missions there and that was done through Neil Baker, we would like to keep that connection strong,” Mrs Slack said.
“We are trying to raise money to send stationary packs over to Papua New Guinea, there are a lot of students at that school so we are starting with the year 3 students first.
“There are 40 students in that class and we are buying them pencil cases, rubbers, pencils and all the necessities in their stationary packs.”
Students from Mrs Slack’s Year 5 and 6 class are chipping in to help with the worthy cause after Mr Baker educated them on the impact they could have.
“The kids are extremely happy to help with it all,” Mrs Slack said.
“They are always wanting to do more and they feel really good about getting to help other kids.
“We are having photos sent to us from over there so see what it’s like.
“Because of the caring and nurturing we focus on at our school we try to help the less fortunate.”
The group has organised a number of fund-raisers each term while trying to come up with something new each time.
“We are doing a cake stall for this, we did an icy cup at school and have done Father’s Day and Mother’s Day stalls too,” Mrs Slack said.
“Everything from this cake stall has been donated to us so whatever we raise goes right back into the program.”
If you would like to donate or offer to help with the fund-raising you can contact St Joseph’s Primary on 4161 1889.
GIVING BACK: Jaz Slack with Bridie Worland, Georgia Slack, James Parr and Jessica O'Brien.