Our Koinonia (Teamwork in the Community) programme is a popular activity for our Lower Sixth form on a Wednesday afternoon. Through this programme, pupils have the opportunity to make a difference in the local community by volunteering at three local schools, a care home for the elderly, and a food bank. Over the course of 20 weeks in the Autumn and Lent terms, the boys build up strong relationships with their colleagues, residents and buddies, and the organisations have given us some great feedback about how they have benefited from the volunteering too.
The pupil volunteers are always sad when the Koinonia programme finishes, but this year it has been even harder because they were not able to say a proper good bye and thank you. From their different home locations across the world, the boys have been writing “postcards” to their community friends. Their housemaster has shared with us some lovely examples of their letters, proving that the art of letter-writing is alive and well. It has also been lovely to see the music performances that a few of the boys have recorded for the residents of the care home they visited. We have shared with you here some video clips and extracts of the pupils’ messages, and we hope you agree that they are a heart-warming reminder of how young people can contribute to, and feel a part of, the local community.
Extracts from pupils’ messages to residents of Davidson House (a care home for older people):
“Since I left Scotland, every time it's Wednesday I miss our communications, which I am sure makes you as upset as myself. I would like to wish you to stay healthy and positive because it seems to be the only way to get through this tough situation. Moreover, I am looking forward to our re-joining, which will get things back on track. Miss you a lot!!!"
“What have you been up to recently? Have you been playing any board games? My mum and I have started a jigsaw!”
Extract from a pupil’s message to Braidburn School (a school for children with additional support needs):
“With all that's going on around the world I hope all of the kids, staff and their families are staying safe and healthy. And fingers crossed, hopefully it will all be ending soon, and I would be honoured to revisit Braidburn and say a proper thank you to everyone.”