We are very pleased to let our friends and supporters know that Caulfield Grammar Junior School, Malvern Campus, has formed a strategic alliance with the Pichey Rangsey School near Phnom Penh.
Last year the students at the Malvern Campus raised money through a casual clothes day for the Bright Children Organisation?s Mkak Primary School near Siem Reap. This money helped supply a water tank and purifier for the students and local community. After meeting with Mrs Jill Bosanquet, the Head of CGS, Malvern Campus and Ms Fiorella Soci the Social Services Coordinator, a possible link with one of our schools was discussed. The aim was to involve the students in a learning process that would broaden their thinking in how others of their age cope in a vastly different learning situation to their own.
The outcome was the setting up of a sustainable link with the Pichey Rangsey School. The students at the Malvern Campus, through the efforts of their Social Committee guided by Ms Soci, have been creating ways to link with the children in Cambodia. Classes have been involved in introducing themselves through photos and letters which in due course will be forwarded to the Pichey Rangsey students. In turn the Cambodian students sent an introduction video of themselves singing, in English, the Abba song, 'I have a Dream'.
On Tuesday 6th September the Humanitus Foundation represented by Executive Director, Jeffrey Richards and Projects Director, Sally Cordner, were invited to assembly at the Malvern Campus to be presented with funds raised by the Year 3 to 6 students. They asked family and friends to sponsor them in a House General Knowledge Competition. The money collected from their sponsors will be donated to their new friends in Cambodia.
Humanitus are extremely grateful for the extraordinary effort by students and staff, as is Denzil Sprague, founder of Pichey Rangsey School. Initially these funds will help to purchase bicycles for students who need to travel great distances to their school and also some much needed safe playground equipment.
We look forward to keeping you informed of the student driven learning that is happening from two very different and unique schools.