Social Justice Mini Fair

Today our school had a social justice mini fair, to raise money for Bahay Tuluyan, so they could build a playground in the Philippines. We all love to play and have access to such wonderful playgrounds, so we think that they should too and then they will have as much fun as we do.

At the mini fair, each class organised a stall to recycle or reuse goods like toys and books. Other people donated sweets and cakes to add to the fun of the fair.

The stalls included:

  • Book stall
  • Toy stall
  • Cake stall
  • Lolly stall
  • Sport stall
  • Mini games
  • Hairspray and Face paint
  • Chocolate Throw

We enjoyed these stalls because all of the cakes, items etc. was donated by our local community and school. The face painting and the chocolate throw were big hits at the mini fair.

Overall it was a successful and exciting day and we raised $1700 to help Bahay Tuluyan build a playground for the children in the Philippines. 
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Gemma, Corinne, Raquel and Laura – Social Justice Leaders

The Change Makers Challenge-Social Justice Mini Fair

All the Fun of the Fair!
We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our school community. Our Social Justice Mini Fair raised $1500. This will be donated to Bahay Tuluyan in the Philippines, to help build a playground for the children of Laguna.
Congratulations to our Social Justice Leaders and Team!

Social Justice Mini Fair on PhotoPeach

Visitors from the Philippines

Catherine from Bahay Tuluyan in the Philippines, which means ‘House of Welcome’ came to visit our school. She showed us how unfairly the worlds resources are shared and that all people are not treated equally. Gary and Aisa are two teenagers from the Philippines who lived on the streets. I could not imagine what that would be like. They wrote and performed a play called ‘The magic in us.’ It was about life on the streets and how they had to earn money selling rubbish just to buy food.

Yesterday a boy named Gary and a girl named Aisa came to our school and told us about life in the Philippines. They talked about the hardships of their childhood. Their life experiences made me feel so sad and greedy because of all the things that I have. Gary and Aisa did a play called “The Magic in us.” It made me feel emotional in many ways because they did such lovely actions. Gary and Aisa were very inspiring and I hope that they have a great life now that they are with Bahay Tuluyan.

The Sharing of the Chocolate game, struck me because it was a good way of representing the Truth about the inequality of how the world’s resources are shared. The part that struck me the most was the play that Gary and Aisa did to tell their story. It was incredible the experiences they had and the things they endured and yet both of them have come so far. It was sad that both of them missed out on having a proper education and how little money and food they could get. Living on the streets sounded very tough. Their few jobs around so both of them sold rubbish from the tip just to get money to buy food. They taught us to appreciate what we have.

This story really touched me from the bottom of my heart. It certainly opened my eyes and makes me realize how fortunate we really are. Imagine being in Gary and Aisa’s shoes for one day. Do you think that you would be able to survive?
From this experience I have learnt to never give up, appreciate what you have and remember that there is magic in all of us!

Teacher Study Tour of the Philippines

I was lucky enough to join eight other teachers, over the last school holidays and work with the beautiful children of the Philippines. We Worked with the organization Bahay Tuluyan, who run Social Justice conferences for school students, called Kidsview. After attending these with my students over the past two years, I felt that I needed to do more. There is great poverty and abuse. Many families live on the streets. It was both a wonderful yet very confronting experience. There were many sad stories from the children but also great joy from those who have worked hard to get an education and follow their dreams.

Teacher Study Tour in the Philippines on PhotoPeach

Along with the other teachers who attended, we hope to continue supporting the great work of Bahay Taluyan. We hope to raise awareness and funds, to support their work and help to make the lives of these kids a little bit brighter.