A Season for Giving
By Florence Wayas, Service Learning Coordinator
Last year at Branksome Hall Asia we launched our Service Pillars based on 12 facets of character that we endeavor to develop in all our students. Developing these characteristics help our students to go out into the world and be successful while engaging with the actions needed to make the world better.
This semester we focused on the pillar of Giving. Our entire community showed their generosity by giving their time, talent and donations to those in need.
In the Junior School, our CLAN and Student councils led their peers in a toy drive for one of our local orphanages. Our youngest students were able to raise over 300 toys for children at the orphanage. Also, funds were raised for the building of a playground at the orphanage. All these efforts will enable the children in need to have fun and learn through play.
In our Boarding Community students have filled donations boxes for Jeju families who need assistance with basic living items. This effort was supplemented by many of our faculty who also contributed to the donations for these families.
Our Middle and Senior School students all ‘adopted’ a child at Cheon’sa orphanage and built a Christmas gift box for them containing a ‘wishlist’ item, essential items such as toiletries and stationary, as well as some snacks and treats. The holidays can be a difficult time for children in orphanages who do not have family to care for them with and we are very proud of our students who have shown this wonderful kindness, which is the Branksome way.
During two Junior School and Middle/Senior School Service CASE groups this term, students lovingly made friendship bracelets for the children in orphanages and in hospitals as a wonderful way to show that they are not alone but are surrounded by a community that cares.
In our service assembly on Monday, we held a special event to raise money for Movember, which is a global organization working to fight the diseases and conditions that affect men. In a very fun-filled assembly we were able to raise KRW 320,000 as students and staff battled in a bid to win the chance to design the beard of one of our four brave members of staff who donated their beards to the cause. Huge thanks go to Mr. Al Hoffman, Mr. Ben Drury, Mr. David Kelly and Mr. Aidan Hammond who all donated their beards for Movember!
We are also grateful to Jeju Furey, our partners on this initiative. Jeju Furey is an organization that works year round to ensure that vulnerable members of the wider Jeju community, such as children in orphanages or hospitals and struggling families, get the support that they need.
We couldn’t do all of this meaningful work without the invaluable support of our parents, so thank you! All of this has been done by our community and is something to smile about, be proud of, and celebrate by doing even more - and so we will!