Papakowhai School leaders raise $1600
A group of Year 8 pupils at Papakowhai School tasked with finding ways to give back to the community staged a giant lunchtime fundraising carnival last week.
This is the first year the leadership programme has been run for senior students, teacher Alison Tennant says, and the results have been exciting.
The whole school was given an extended lunchtime on December 8 to join in the fun, with a water slide, face painting, sponge the teacher, a basketball challenge and a popular bake sale – all coordinated by the children.
The leadership group decided they wanted to give the proceeds of the carnival to the Russell School Breakfast Club, which lost its funding earlier this year, and to Kidney Kids.
There would also be a contribution to their own school, possibly to assist the upcoming library redevelopment.
‘‘We had a big discussion about things in the local community that we could give back to,’’ Mrs Tennant says.
‘‘ It became quite a personal thing to support Kidney Kids, as the brother of one of our leaders is a kidney patient.’’
The experience has been a crash course in event planning and business management, with plans for a bouncy castle nixed early on when the students decided potential returns couldn’t justify the expense.
‘‘They are an outstanding Year 8. They have come up with the events themselves and planned everything and given up their lunchtimes to work voluntarily.’’
Parents have also been very supportive, says Mrs Tennant, with one staying up into the early hours with her children baking hundreds of iced cupcakes and furnishing the pizza and icecream spiders stall.
The carnival raised $1600, and provided much fun and laughter, and excitement, she says.
Enthused: Papakowhai School pupils leaped at the chance to throw soaking sponges at teacher Lana Bracken who egged the kids on as a cheeky Santa.