Religious Education - A Living Faith

25 May 2016 | General Interest

The article below by Year 10 student Zara Gibson details her experiences of taking a Religion class research assignment to great lengths – all the way to South Africa! We commend Zara for her enthusiastic attitude, outstanding leadership and generous action for others in need.

For our research task into a modern-day Gospel, we had to find an organisation or charity to research and, if we wished, could organise a fundraiser to go with it. My partner, Hannah, and I decided to incorporate my upcoming trip to South Africa in our fundraiser by holding a ‘Stationery Drive’ for one of the local schools. After sharing our idea with my parents, they contacted the appropriate people in South Africa who were able to secure us a visit to Windmeul Primary School, located just outside of Paarl. After gaining the schools details I emailed the principal to see whether or not he was happy for me to do a little fundraising of sorts for his school, and he was. I then asked my 10 White Homeroom to donate any stationery for the school by the end of Term 1. With donations from classmates, teachers and family, we raised over 30kg of stationery, sports equipment and socks.

On Tuesday April 19, my family and I visited the Windmeul Primary School. One of the teachers gave us a tour of the school. Compared to Thomas Carr, this school was very small and old, being open for over 80 years. We were invited into a few of the classes and saw the students enjoying their learning whilst opening our eyes to their way of life. Many students weren’t wearing shoes or socks and we were told by the teacher that the school provided breakfast and lunch for the students as these may be their only meals for the day. We also visited the library that was used by not only the students but the community. Inside there were only a few hundred books which is a small amount compared to our library.


Shortly after the tour we had the chance to meet the entire school, of around 390 students, at an assembly. I explained to them why we were there, though only some could understand me with most only understanding Afrikaans. We opened the suitcases to show what we had brought them. There were small reactions when we showed them a few of the items but the whole school was ecstatic when we showed we had brought them tennis balls and socks. To see so many students excited over what we consider simple items was a real eye opener and it reminded me that we are really lucky when it comes to what we have and how we live.

This experience filled me with pride. Seeing what I had achieved in only a few short weeks demonstrated to me that we can really make a difference in our world. To all who contributed to our cause, thank you. You helped us make that difference.