A Heart-felt Exchange

December 06, 2017 at 9:48 AM

The spirit of Christmas lies in bringing families together, the giving of gifts and sharing of food as we remember the birth of Christ. The spirit of Christmas was shared in a most heart-felt exchange when over 80 massive hampers, and a further 50 meat packs, were donated by the Boys’ School to Wymondley Road School in Otara.

Each year, a list suitable items is drawn up that includes staple food items for a family, along with other items such as school stationery, sports equipment and something to add a little festive cheer.  Each class collated enough items for three hampers each, which were lovingly packaged by parent volunteers headed by Mrs Sarah Walsh. In addition, money raised from this term’s mufti day went towards the purchase of the meat packs. This ensured that every family at Wymondley received something to take home.

The boys nominated to receive the Christian Living Award at prizegiving all travelled to Wymondley to share in a special assembly. Wymondley Principal, Mrs Fleur Petelo said she was ‘blown away’ every year by the generosity shown by Saint Kentigern and said her community was really grateful to the ‘amazing boys in blue.’ She concluded, ‘Thank you does not seem enough but please know that it comes from a deep appreciation for all you have done.’

Over the last six years, the Boys’ School has begun to forge a special relationship with Wymondley School. Again this year, three of their boys joined the recent Boys v Wild camp and our boys also assisted at their recent ‘runathon.’ One of the students who attended the camp gave thanks for the opportunity and said he now realised that he could do more than he thought he was capable of achieving.

Principal Mr Peter Cassie said, ‘We are humbled to be accepted into your community and we will continue to seek opportunities where our students and staff can connect and work together. Visiting and meeting with your students is always a pleasure.’

To show their appreciation, the students from Wymondley Road presented our boys with candy leis. Mrs Petelo explained that giving a lei represents an endless line of love, of aroha, to the person you are giving it to.

The assembly was largely led by the Wymondley students themselves. They spoke, they sang and they challenged our boys with a haka. It was hard to believe that they were only Year 6!

A huge thank you for welcoming us into your school.


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