The whole school centred its Mandela Day activities around the theme “#Itstartswithme”, a challenge from the Bhambayi Project which is a non-profit organisation that supports orphans and vulnerable children. In line with the project’s focus on honour, relationships and empowerment, pupils were asked to reflect on how they can honour those around them. They were asked to start in the following way:
1. Honour everyone
2. 67-minute honour reflection
Use the symbol of a rainbow to represent the stages of honour for us all to think about:
– It starts with me
– People close to me
– People who input into my life
– People unseen by me
– Groups and people in the wider world
How we took part:
On Friday, 17 July a video of the Bhambayi Project #Itstartswithme campaign was shown to all pupils challenging them, and asking of them, how we can all “do more” to honour people, both in our lives and in general more.
Every grade then spent time discussing what it means to honour others, and then were asked to do something tangible to honour those around them whether it be their fellow pupils or a staff member.
We all asked ourselves – “How can I be the change?”
Our Pre-Primary pupils took part in the campaign by each drawing rainbows on the concrete in the parking lot ~ expanding on their understanding of how honouring people starts with recognising the people immediately around them and thanking them for the things they do.
Primary School pupils were challenged to honour the people around them by writing letters and doing drawings for the Epworth cleaning and gate duty staff expressing their gratitude for them and the vital roles they play in the Epworth community – putting a smile on their lovely faces and in turn making us smile!
The High School girls each received a rainbow diagram to complete each “step” of the rainbow process (as mentioned above) on their individual road to change and honour.
Epworth encourages all pupils and staff to honour each other more… not just on Mandela Day but every day!