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launch assembly - 26 FEbruary

In the assembly the school's ubuntu project was launched. Mateenah Langford presented a prayer on service. Octavia Johnannes delivered the Bible reading and a brief explanation of the reading. Aton de Vos sang "This Little Light of Mine" with the school, while Octavia Johannes showed the girls the movements. Mrs Stear addressed the girls on the Mandela100@Riebeek of 100 Acts of Kindness project. A video was then shown including speeches by Nelson Mandela, Cyril Rampahosa, Hlumela Bucwa, the Riebeek Woolworths sing and dance competition winners of 2014 performing with Johnny Clegg (a special moment for Carleen Braun, the last one of this group still at school). The video also presented the first 9 of our acts of kindness. A tech glitch had the video playing at half speed but nonetheless it was nostalgic. Mr Jonas and Mr de Beer in the hall ceiling and the matrics in the gallery then released hundreds of balloons representing the various acts of kindness the Riebeek girls intend to do while making everyday a Mandela Day of service and kindness to uplift our community. Thank you to Mr Jonas and Miss Hattingh who took care of the balloons and decor with the enthusiastic Grade 6s, and thank you to Miss Mintoor's Grade 8 class who took care of blowing up balloons for the gallery. Special mention of the Grade 12s who did their balloon sharing beautifully. Here are our first acts of kindness:
Mandela 100@Riebeek 100 Acts of Kindness #ubuntu #No.1 grade 4 cake sale to raise funds for SPCA
Mandela 100@Riebeek 100 Acts of Kindness #ubuntu #No. 2 water bottle collection for Rotary
Mandela 100@Riebeek 100 Acts of Kindness #ubuntu #No. 3 Mieka Lee Kilian in Grade 4 is on crutches and the Grade 4s all help her by carrying her bags 
Mandela 100@Riebeek 100 Acts of Kindness #ubuntu #No.4 A grade 4 brought cupcakes for the Grade 4C class for Valentine’s Day
Mandela 100@Riebeek 100 Acts of Kindness #ubuntu #No. 5 the prefects held a welcome for the grade 4s
Mandela 100@Riebeek 100 Acts of Kindness #ubuntu #No. 6 moms and dads of school helping to supervise Valentine’s dance
Mandela 100@Riebeek 100 Acts of Kindness #ubuntu #No. 7 Interact visited Aandmymering Retirement Home to hand out flowers
Mandela 100@Riebeek 100 Acts of Kindness #ubuntu #No. 8 Alpha Leo attended the Cancer Relay 6pm to 6am on 23 February: Zeenat Lukie, Chaneal Labercensie and Mrs Myburg. Money raised go to the CANSA fund. The girls have been making pancakes and relay with hundreds of people.
Mandela 100@Riebeek 100 Acts of Kindness #ubuntu #No. 9 Interact at Bayworld volunteering on Saturday 24 February and helping with clean-ups and feeding.

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launch of our ubuntu project 

26 February 2018

Bible Reading
Galatians 6:9
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
 
Doing good always sounds noble . . . at least up until the point that doing so becomes inconvenient or messy or doesn’t produce the results we expect when we expect them.  God wants us to do good to all people, and not become weary in doing so.  His promise is that a harvest will be brought in if we persevere and keep at doing the good God has called us to.  Doing good in a world filled with evil can be difficult, but we don’t have to do it alone.  God has not only created good work for us to do, He has equipped and gifted us with His Spirit to empower us to do the good work without becoming weary.  As you seek to do the good that you ought to do, pray that God would strengthen you against the temptation to become weary.  Pray that you would live in compete humility as you allow God to do His good work in and through you.  Pray that you would learn to trust God for His harvest of righteousness as you continue to do good without giving up. 
 
Prayer
Gracious God, give us generous hearts:
to share whatever gift it is that you have given to us;
to acknowledge you as the giver of all good gifts;
to give without counting the cost;
to share without expecting something in return;
to be wise in the way of caring for ourselves and others;
to hold all of our treasures and values with open hands;
to have gospel priorities and to align our life, love and time in their light;
to be gracious and unbegrudging in our giving;
to recognize the abundance of blessings in each passing day;
to know the freedom that comes with true generosity;
to accept our talents, whether many or few, and to use them in service of others;
to grow in giving thanks for everything;
to be happy with having what we need and wise enough to know what it is that we want and do not need;
to fall more deeply in love with the God of all generosity so that our hearts are strong enough to give away freely whatever is asked.
O gracious God,
who generously lavishes our lives with goodness,
create in our hearts a deep center of gratitude,
a center that grows so strong in its thanksgiving
that sharing freely of our treasures becomes the pattern of our existence.
Remind us often of how much you cherish us,
of how abundantly you have offered gifts to us,
especially in the hours of our greatest need.
May we always be grateful for your reaching into our lives
with surprises of joy, growth and unconditional love.
 
Amen.
 
We are today going to officially launch a special project that goes with our 2018 theme of Ubuntu. 
Ubuntu is about humanity, a community spirit and compassion for others.  With this in mind, we wanted to commit Riebeek to making 2018 a year of service and love for others to make a difference in the world.
It being the centenary year of the birth of Nelson Mandela, who lived by the values of Ubuntu, we decided that we should try to honour him.  On his birthday every day, there is a Mandela Day where people give 67 minutes of service to community upliftment and charity.  We are going to make every day a Mandela Day as we seek to demonstrate Ubuntu and the Madiba magic that Mr Mandela was famous for.
I have always said that Riebeek is a special place with a great spirit. In a world where one can choose to be anything, at  Riebeek we choose to be kind, compassionate, generous, respectful, honest and inclusive. The greatest gift that Riebeek gives us is a sense of belonging and the knowledge that each one of us can make a difference in the world. 
Our project is Mandela100@Riebeek100 acts of kindness.  We are going to undertake various projects under the banner of acts of kindness and want to make sure we do at least 100 things, if not more.  For example, a cake sale by a particular grade will be an act of kindness in fundraising for animals; Interact visiting an retirement village to take flowers and chat to the lonely is an act of kindness. We are hoping that each register class will undertake a class acts of kindness or projects that involve giving up time to help others and make the world a better place. 
Our president Cyril Ramaphosa in the State of Nation address said: “We have done it before and we will do it again – bonded by our common love for our country, resolute in our determination to overcome the challenges that lie ahead and convinced that by working together we will build the fair and just and decent society to which Nelson Mandela dedicated his life.”  He also quoted from Hugh Masekela’s song, ‘Thuma Mina’:
 “I wanna be there when the people start to turn it around
When they triumph over poverty...
I wanna lend a hand...
Send me.”
In the spirit of this sense of Ubuntu, of reaching out to others because of ubuntu’s message that I AM BECAUSE YOU ARE, I would like us all to echo the song with the line of send me. Let’s put our hands up and say send me to embrace this project with the idea of #send me and #making every day a Mandela Day, of service above us, of us rather than me, of love not hate, of caring not entitlement, of doing good to make the World a Better Place. 

I am because you are

Explaining our 2018 Theme

100 years on from Nelson Mandela's birth

Ubuntu – You are my tribe, the spirit of humanity, rediscovering the art of living together in harmony

  • a quality that includes the essential human virtues; compassion and humanity.
  • Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. 
  • It takes a village to raise a child.

Bishop Tutu has describe Ubuntu as:
A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.
 
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One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu - the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality - Ubuntu - you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.
 
Nelson Mandela describes it as
A traveler through a country would stop at a village and he didn't have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu but it will have various aspects. Ubuntu does not mean that people should not enrich themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?
 
Ubuntu is a complex word from the Nguni language with several definitions, all of them difficult to translate into English. At the heart of each definition, though, is the connectedness that exists or should exist between people.
Ubuntu is best known outside of Africa as a humanist philosophy associated with Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.


MEANINGS OF UBUNTU
One meaning of ubuntu is correct behavior, but correct in this sense is defined by a person's relations with other people. Ubuntu refers to behaving well towards others or acting in ways that benefit the community. Such acts could be as simple as helping a stranger in need, or much more complex ways of relating with others. A person who behaves in these ways has ubuntu. He or she is a full person.
For some, ubuntu is something akin to a soul force - an actual metaphysical connection shared between people and which helps us connect to each other. Ubuntu will push one toward selfless acts.
PHILOSOPHY OF UBUNTU
Ubuntu is a way of thinking about what it means to be human, and how we, as humans, should behave towards others.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu famously described ubuntu as meaning 'My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in what is yours'".
In the 1990s, people began to describe Ubuntu increasingly in terms of the Nguni proverb translated as "a person is a person through other persons."
Ubuntu also referred to the need for forgiveness and reconciliation rather than vengeance. 

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