Lochiel School’s can-do at­ti­tude

The Invercargill Eye - - FUNERAL SEMINAR - MARY WITSEY

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.’’

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Lochiel School stu­dents are giv­ing back, do­nat­ing cans to the Win­ton Sal­va­tion Army’s food­bank.

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