Mandela Day is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday. People are encouraged to take 67 minutes of their day to fight for social justice. This year, on 22 July, our St Peters Prep Community, which included our parents, children, teachers, interns and maintenance staff, decided to embark on a project to upgrade our outreach school, Sefikeng Primary School. Our community volunteered 2 hours of their time and donated money and goods that were needed for this project. Some of our projects included painting fences and jungle gyms, cleaning classrooms and classroom equipment, gardening and creating a welcoming staffroom.
Endless preparation by our St Peters Foundation, Maintenance Management Team and Community Partnership parents went into planning this day and ensuring it was a success. It was wonderful to witness our St Peter’s Spirit shine on the day. As Nelson Mandela said, “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
As a St Peter’s teacher, I was so grateful to be part of this special day and to be surrounded by such positive energy. We, at St Peters are committed to making a difference in the lives of our children and community, and we are not scared to get our hands dirty. St Peter’s rocks!