Part of our community | Re maloko a morafe wa rona
In addition to striving for academic excellence and driving innovation, another of Lebone II College’s core mandates is to drive the development of our community – a focus that is just as strong as achieving academic excellence.
Community development is woven into all aspects of our schooling, and everyone, including students and staff, takes part. Many of the initiatives we’re involved in are proposed and driven by our students.
Students come up with ideas on which community development initiatives the school can embark on. They conduct a needs analysis to identify what the community’s needs are and, if their proposals are approved, they run with the projects. Some of our other initiatives are run by teachers and, in some instances, they collaborate with teachers from other schools.
One of the projects in which our Lower School students take part is Appreciation Day, when they collect gifts and food and bake cakes for nurses, police officers, orphanages and old-age homes in Phokeng. Some of our students also go to centres for orphans and vulnerable children in the community, to assist students there with homework and reading.
One of our major programmes is our collaboration with local schools, which we partner with in academic, sporting, cultural and teacher-development initiatives. Many of these schools lack resources such as computer and science laboratories, so they use our facilities to do practical work.
Another one of our main community development projects is the Girls' Club, an initiative with a group of about 40 young girls from the surrounding Bafokeng area. We meet with the girls several times every school term, using life-skills sessions and activities to assist them in improving their schoolwork.
Mandela Day 2019
This year's Mandela Day provided a unique opportunity for our school to celebrate with people around the world to reflect on his life and times and to promote his legacy. As a direct call to action our Lower School also contributed in the following ways during the month of July:
- Grade R: Adopted a cheetah from the De Wildt Cheetah Sanctuary
- Grade 1: Collected items for Hospice
- Grade 2: Collected dog and cat food, newspapers and blankets for the Rustenburg SPCA
- Grade 3: Sponsored stationery packs for ECD centres
- Grade 4: Served coffee and rusks to our campus security guards and gardeners
- Grade 5 Owls: Recycled plastic for the Owl Rescue Centre in Hartebeespoort
- Grade 5 Falcons: Collected sports equipment for Vuka Farm School
- Grade 6: Collected toiletries for residents of a local Old Age Home in Tlhabane
20 Acts of Service
In 2018, as part of Lebone’s 20 Year celebration, our school committed to completing 20 Acts of Service in our greater community. Each act, for each year of Lebone’s existence, served to remind us to use our talents and abilities to help those in need, and provided the background to our students’ lifelong roles as leaders and citizens in our local, regional and global communities.