On Saturday, 14 March 2015, the Grade 9 or ‘Monty’ Quad resounded to the sounds of enthusiastic hammering, power drilling, chain sawing, compressor spraying and lots of chatting and laughing! Members of Monty families, young and old, rolled up their sleeves and joined in to make 10 brand spanking new wooden bench-tables, and to refurbish 4 old ones, making them good as new.
The Quad went from having no bench-tables to having 14 in just the space of one (long, but fun) morning! In addition, the three trees were cut back and work was begun to repair the damaged fixed wood and concrete benches under the trees. From Roxy Dunleavy (aged 8) painting bench supports and Devon Gdanis (Grade 9) high up in the trees pulling out dead wood, to Nicholas Johansson’s (grade 8) grandfather determinedly repairing a very rickety old bench-table, we had three different generations side-by-side helping to improve the School environment for our children.
Looking around the Quad at the hard work and the social interaction, as people who had never met spent a few hours together doing very unfamiliar (for most) but highly rewarding manual work, it was clear that Fairmont is truly a UNIQUE School! What a great team we made – learners, RCL and Green Society members, siblings, mothers, fathers, past parents, the Principal and his wife, and even grandparents! Our heartfelt thanks goes to Henry Nel, a member of the SGB and a tireless supporter of the school, for enabling this workparty.