The school year ended on a wonderfully high note with a beautiful and touching Morning Circle, an inspiring all-school Concert and a very moving Year 7 (Red Cedars) graduation party. Plus special events at the ECC and in the classrooms.
Among many memorable achievements this year is the new book published by the Gumnuts (Year 2) class: The Kindness of Gumnuts.
Beautifully illustrated, it tells the story of their commitment to service during the year, including numerous Random Acts of Kindness at school, at home, and in the wider community, through these weekly service tasks:
1. Their cooking service task had two aspects: making nori (sushi) rolls to sell for tuckshop lunches, and making a healthy and fresh garden salad and delicious vegetarian lasagne for the fortnightly Maleny Neighbourhood Centre community lunch.
2. Their crocheting service task involved learning the art of crocheting and making crocheted squares and trims which went to create a beautiful blanket in the colours of yellow, black and red for the elders of the Kapululangu indigenous community in remote Western Australia to raffle to raise money for their community welfare projects.
3. Their woodwork service task was to make planter boxes and take them up to the main street of Maleny where they each gave their individual boxes (filled with flowering plants) to a passerby as a pure gift from the heart.
4. Their gardening service task involved planting, maintaining and harvesting the school’s vegetable gardens to supply fresh produce for the tuckshop cooking elements, and planting and nurturing the flowering plants for the planter boxes.
5. Their gift boxes service task involved wrapping and decorating a shoebox and creating a back-to-school kit for children from struggling families. These were donated to the St Vincent de Paul Society for distribution as, at the start of each school year, they are regularly asked for support in this area.