St Andrew’s School for Girls is committed to the core value of ‘Community’, whereby we encourage our girls to participate in various community service initiatives and give of their time to be of assistance to others in need.

A few of the charities and initiatives which we supported this year are the following; and further information about each one is below:

  • South African National Blood Service
  • Dlale Nje Community Centre
  • Operation Hydrate
  • Santa Shoeboxes
  • Sun International School SleepOut
  • Stop Hunger Now
  • uBambiswano Saturday school

South African National Blood Service’s Blood Drive

Many of our girls, staff and parents who took up the challenge of joining the National Blood Drive, and we managed to donate a substantial amount of life-giving blood to the SANBS.

Dlale Nje Community Centre

A community-upliftment day was arranged by our current Head of Community Services, Alessia Landi, who organised a group of volunteers to assist the people in and around the inner city. Activities included making sandwiches for, and visiting, the homeless people living in a local park; spreading some Easter cheer and visiting children at the Johannesburg General Hospital; assisting with a talent show performed by the Dlale Nje children, and handing out Easter Eggs.

Operation Hydrate

The St Andrew’s Community joined thousands of South Africans and opened their hearts by donating over 7000 litres of water to Operation Hydrate.  Operation Hydrate’s founding member, Yusuf Abramjee, spoke at the Senior School Assembly and thanked the girls for their contribution, giving us insight into the massive need for water, and how every drop is precious.

Santa Shoeboxes

The campaign focussed on how the donation of a Santa Shoebox not only gifts the recipient child with a personalised shoebox filled with daily necessities, but also instils a sense of self-worth, and presents the child with the promise of a better education, improved hygiene and dental health and those simple things that every child should enjoy, sweets and a toy.

Sun International School SleepOut

St Andrew’s School for Girls rose to the challenge and participated in the Sun International School SleepOut. The aim of this event was to create empathy for homeless South Africans and sleep outside from 6pm on Thursday 28th July to 6am on Friday 29th July. We were very pleased to have 150 girls and some staff members participating. Throughout the evening, we participated in various activities, including creating “Good night and God Bless” sleeping bags out of newspapers; knitting squares to support the “Knit a Square” project; and weighing bottle-tops and bread-tags for the “Tops and Tags” initiative.

Stop Hunger Now

The Community Service Task Team and 70 girls from grades 8, 9 and 10 volunteered to assist various companies with their food packing for “Stop Hunger Now”. We managed to pack a total of 800 000 meals for the hungry.

uBambiswano Saturdays

The Community Service Task Team planned various activities for each uBambiswano class once a month; enabling our girls to be more actively involved with these children and thereby getting to know them on a slightly deeper level.