Rainbow Day at Triandra Primary

Rockwood Lodges in the Karkloof initiated the idea that Mandela Day on the 18th of July should be celebrated in a special way at their neighbouring Triandra School.

So, together with the Karkloof Conservancy, it was decided to paint a rainbow mural on the wall of the school as we are all a part of the Rainbow Nation!

The colours of the rainbow were used to provide a lesson in conservation.

Red and orange represented fire which can be used for warmth and for cooking, but can also be an extremely destructive element.  Yellow was for sunshine which we need for plant growth and solar energy. Blue depicted our rivers and oceans which are being threatened by pollution. Green represented our plants and trees, indigo our night skies where the moon and the stars cannot be seen in many cities due to smog and pollution, and violet our flowers.

Each class was given a  project to complete and then every child added their handprint to the Tree of Life under the rainbow.

It was a wonderful day and the children sang Happy Birthday to Mandela and enjoyed a special lunch which was organised by the Conservancy.

We would like to thank Rockwood Lodges for their inspiration, our helpers for their valuable time, as well as Mica Hardware and Pick and Pay for making this day possible.  Together we can make a difference!

Here is a quote from Mandela which was given to the school and which should inspire us all.

“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of a mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

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