Our Helping Hands Programme is currently experiencing high demand across our parish community. This programme provides meals and baking to our school and parish community when there is a need for some extra support for our families. This is a confidential outreach programme and is managed through our principal Janet Cummings. Now in its “10th” year, this programme plays an important part as an essential service and is a huge part of the Special Character of our school. This programme happens because our parent community have cooked and baked thousands of dinners over the last decade. We now need more members. If you would like to be part of future proofing this school programme either email HH@ola.school.nz or contact Carolyn or Kim in the school office. Alternatively, you can drop in food ANY day to the office as we have ongoing needs.
Over the last school holidays a number of parents spent one afternoon cooking and baking a quantity of meals to stock our school freezer. Ingredients were purchased by the HELPING HANDS funds, including a $500 New World voucher we had been gifted. Doing a Helping Hands Cook Together means that our school freezer is well stocked for our principal and staff to see a need and then be able to service that need at very short notice. Coordinating it this way is how we will stock our Helping Hands freezer for the foreseeable future. This allows us to cook together and give our time but at no cost to any family. Helping Hands will provide the ingredients. We will run a couple of fundraisers during the year to finance this programme. Alternatively, if you would like to donate to this programme please contact Janet. At the end of this term we will post two dates for cooking for Term 4 and ask for volunteers to give 3 hours of their time over the holiday period to cook meals/baking and so ensure this programme continues to support all of our families now and in the future.