HUDSON PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL

Pastoral Activities

Overview

Our Pastoral groups focus on care and service to others. We are privileged to enjoy wonderful resources and facilities, and serving others teaches us humility and understanding. The Pastoral network is made up of the following:

  • A team of teachers and assistant-teachers
  • A team of parents
  • 50 Port Rex Lions CUBS and 27 CUBS-in-training
  • Members of OUTREACH which is a multi-faith service organization
  • Businesses and organizations which support our work:
    • Spartan Eatery
    • Windmill Roadhouse
    • Buco
    • Port Rex Lions Club


Visiting at Langham House


By joining a service area, our children learn to contribute to society in a meaningful way, while at the same time developing their leadership skills. Our younger learners are included in many projects, and we focus on teaching them the joy of giving. By the time they reach the Senior Phase, they have a heightened awareness of the importance of considering those less fortunate than themselves and an eagerness to serve the community.

Says Sarah, who is a one of our Port Rex Lions CUBS: 'Being involved in projects reminds me every day to be thankful for all I have and to share with others. There is so much we take for granted.'

Activities Involving The Whole School

Under the dynamic leadership of Mr Lands, our Pastoral Pillar has developed an awe-inspiring reach into the community, as can be seen from our list of regular activities and events. These involve the whole school and enjoy enthusiastic support from staff, pupils, and parents:

  • Our Annual HARVEST DAY Assembly, held every Spring as a celebration of gratitude, coupled to the giving of gifts to those in need. Each Grade chooses an organization to support.
  • Civvies Days, held twice a term to raise money for charities.
  • Our MANDELA WALL Project, in which pupils undertake a 67-minute community project and enter details about it on a 'brick' in the Wall. Our aim for 2017 is 850 bricks.
  • JERSEY WEEK, in which warm clothes are collected for the needy.
  • Awareness Projects which highlight and support drives such as the following:
    • THURSDAYS IN BLACK and MASITHETHE COUNSELLING SERVICES (formerly LIFE LINE)
    • RHODES UNIVERSITY FOCUS GROUP exploring life's purpose and how to make the world a better place, through the medium of Drama
    • WORLD EARTH DAY
    • MAD (Making A Difference) Holiday Projects
    • Drama Workshops on topics such as self-esteem, depression, peer pressure, and cultural sensitivity
    • ARBOR DAY
    • XHOSA IMBIZO
  • Bereavement Packages as well as emotional support for children and families experiencing trauma.
  • Multi-Cultural Assemblies held once a term.
  • Ongoing Collections, in which families contribute a variety of items, such as pet food, school clothing, and stationery.
  • RHINO RANGERS, involving fundraising and support for the animals.

Projects And Organizations We Support

Care has gone into our choice of causes to support, to ensure that our activities take us into all the main areas of need. This is shown on the lists below:

CHILDREN

ANIMALS


Greensleeves


Jersey Week

STAFF

  • Birthday Packages
  • Flowers And Gift Baskets
  • Christmas Hampers
  • GH Development
  • Assistance With Funeral Costs

THE ELDERLEY

  • Langham House
  • D J Sobie Home
  • Cambridge Catholic Nuns
  • Silver Crown Home

PARENTS

  • Blood Drive
  • Multi-Cultural Forum
  • Bereavement Support
  • Information Talks

ENVIRONMENT

  • Beach Clean-up
  • Recycling
  • Beautifying The School
  • MAD Eco Projects

Service Opportunities At School

Many pupils offer service at the school itself, assisting staff members in areas such as:

  • Eco Club
  • Foundation Phase
  • ICT (Information and Communications Technology)
  • Media
  • Music
  • Public Relations
  • Scholar Patrol
  • Sound
  • Student Council
  • Sports events
  • Tuckshop



Tuckshop Service


'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.'
Nelson Mandela