Gifts that go the distance

Students Anouk Limburg (15) and Corey Stewart (12) from Montessori’s middle school adolescent program.
Students Anouk Limburg (15) and Corey Stewart (12) from Montessori’s middle school adolescent program.

WITH volunteering as part of the curriculum, Rockingham Montessori students have decided help is best served at home.

Students in the school’s adolescent program supported people from the Mowanjum community, a remote community on the Gibb River Road in the West Kimberley.

It was arranged through the Boab Network, which works with people of the Mowanjum community.

BN’s focus is to build a sustainable community with roots based on respect of historic culture, families and individuals.

Montessori students filled many shoeboxes full of surprise gifts for each child.

Principle Vanessa Aitken said everyone involved enjoyed filling the boxes.

“Families in the school community were encouraged to select a child after knowing the name, gender and age to purchase gifts to fill the shoeboxes for that individual child,” she said.

“All 50 children in the Mowanjum community will receive these gifts at their annual Christmas party.

“The Montessori term for what the students felt after completing the co-ordination of the project is valorisation.

“It means students feel capable of succeeding in life by their own efforts, while teaching that we are all part of a wider connected community.

“The Rockingham community and the students should be very proud of what these further leaders are doing for our community both near and far.”