Students pitching in to give back
On Tuesday, October 23 students at the newly named Taranaki Diocesan School for Girls (formerly St Mary’s Diocesan School) celebrated the inaugural Marchant Day.
Principal Fiona Green says the day, designed to be a day of giving, is named for Ella Marchant, the school’s first headmistress.
“Miss Marchant is a wonderful role model for our girls, past and present. She always gave selflessly and her connection to our school is one of which we are all very proud.”
Miss Marchant was one of the women to sign the women’s suffrage petition, and Fiona says when their senior students went on a trip to Wellington earlier this year, they were thrilled to be able to see her signature on the petition when it was on display.
Recently a descendant of Miss Marchant left the school a substantial sum of money in her will, Fiona says.
“So we talked to the girls about how they wanted to use that money, and more importantly, how we could show appreciation for this bequest.”
From this conversation came the idea of a day of giving back to the community, and students carried out a range of jobs, from painting fences and planting, to filling handmade bags with items to be donated to the local women’s refuge centre.
Mirei Kondo, Shuri Naka, Catherine Hu and Isabel Lee showing the peace cranes which will be taken to the peace memorial in Kyoto, Japan next year by a school group.
Hannah Bisley (left) and Rebekah Davis were among the Year 11 students who helped clear the gully area.