Lochiel School’s can-do attitude
Lochiel School is giving back to the local community.
They’re doing it because of the great support which has seen the small country school go from strength to strength.
Two years ago a new principal started, but the school roll had decreased to 46. These days it’s boasting a roll of 88 students and has employed another teacher and new teacher aide to meet the demand.
‘‘It’s exciting times at Lochiel School,’’ principal Geoff Folster said.
But he was taking nothing for granted, and believed that it was the support of local families and the Central Southland community that had helped the school get to where it was today.
‘‘We’ve got a really great community who look after us.’’
Staff at the school were encouraging students to give back.
‘‘One of our core school values is care – caring for others is really important – and we want to teach the children about that.’’
A project organised by Watties which the school had been involved in, called Cans for Good, had been a huge success, he said.
‘‘One hundred and fifty-six cans were donated by school families to be given to the Winton Salvation Army foodbank.
‘‘We like to support local people. ‘‘They support us at the school and so it’s good to give back.’’
Watties would match the can donations by the school community, he said.
The Salvation Army had assisted the school in many ways, including building a new school entranceway, working with students every Thursday.
Other community support initiatives included students preparing baking and giving it to residents at local rest home, Rata Park.
Last term the students had given a performance at the Winton Senior Citizens Centre.
Folster felt it was really positive for students to acknowledge community support and give back, particularly at a time when the school was doing so well.
‘‘It’s all part of acknowledging the community.
‘‘The children really enjoy it and it’s a great way for them to learn about helping others.’’
Lochiel School students are giving back, donating cans to the Winton Salvation Army’s foodbank.