‘Rainbeau Friday’ helps Beaumaris PS raise funds for Smith Family

Stephanie Buitenhuis (programs coordinator The Smith Family) with School chaplain Shirley Pyrc with students Anna Lewis Griffiths, Preston Stewart, Farham Fathalian, Jasmina Borkovic, Elyse Hutton and Esmae Milton. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Stephanie Buitenhuis (programs coordinator The Smith Family) with School chaplain Shirley Pyrc with students Anna Lewis Griffiths, Preston Stewart, Farham Fathalian, Jasmina Borkovic, Elyse Hutton and Esmae Milton. Photo: Martin Kennealey

A ‘RAINBEAU Friday’ event helped Beaumaris Primary School raise funds for The Smith Family.

The school raised $766 during the vibrant May 11 event, which was organised by school captains, student councillors and wellbeing captains.

The combined leadership team was responsible for promotion, collection and counting proceeds, including a maths challenge to count long columns of figures without a calculator by YouthCARE school chaplain Shirley Pyrc.

“The student leaders enjoyed the challenge and it was a great way of cross checking the final donation,” she said.

“Wellbeing captains in the school community are present in the playground at lunch and recess to assist junior students with constructive play ideas and provide support as required.

“They also encourage and promote healthy lunchboxes, talking with students about the need for positive brain and body fuel – fresh produce over packets.

“Promoting personal, school and community wellbeing also extends to creating awareness of the global community.

“The students chose The Smith Family due to the amazing work they do in the community improving the educational outcomes for disadvantaged young Australians in the Learning for Life program.”

Principal Jo Stephens praised the new role students played and their increased awareness of helping those who are less fortunate than themselves.

Representatives from the charity, Stephanie Buitenhuis and Louise Merrillees, visited the school on June 1 to accept the donation and talk about the difference its programs made in the lives of young people.

The Learning for Life education program supports disadvantaged children and young people all the way through their education, including with access to literacy programs and mentoring support as well as financial help for educational items.

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