“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
– Winston Churchill
Social responsibility programmes are an integral part of the Pridwin way of life. We embrace the ethos of giving, inspired by the Arthurian Code of Chivalry, which incorporated the notion of service to others. Many of our outreach drives involve the Pridwin boys themselves, so the valuable life lesson of serving others can be gained even at an early age.
The boys are asked to donate some of their own pocket money to the charity fund in Chapel every Friday. Each term, a different charity is selected, rotating between humanitarian and animal-welfare organisations. The boys vote for the charities based on presentations by the Grade 6 pupils, promoting a selection of causes.
Pridwin has strong relationships with its neighbour, St Vincent’s School for the Deaf. The two schools share a joint campus, including sporting facilities. The Pridwin community supports St Vincent’s through a number of initiatives. The Tuesday bread and spread drive has now been running for nine years, contributing to a successful daily feeding scheme. In addition, the Mother Hubbard collection of food staples provides hampers for children in need to take home during the holidays. Our Grade 0s regularly invite the St Vincent’s Grade 0s to join them for picnics, further cementing the relationship between the two schools.
Every year, each grade takes on one outreach project. In recent years, the grades have donated to Christmas Shoe box campaigns, cleaned up the surrounding areas and Braamfontein Spruit, joined the CEO SleepOut, collected water for the drought fund and knitted blankets.
Other whole-school outreach projects range from the annual Fun Run, held entirely for the purpose of raising money for the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital Burn Unit, and the refurbishment and dissemination of second-hand sports kit, to clothing drives and stationery collection at the end of each year.