Since Magnus Charitable Trust saved the Pope John Paul II School from closure back in 2005 MCT has maintained regular ties, communication and charitable donations to the ongoing survival and improvement of the school. In the main MCT has afforded school essential instruments, equipment, curriculum apparatus and material on an annual basis.
MCT teams also visit the school at least a few times each year and share their time, past school experiences and wisdom with the students who in turn thoroughly enjoy explaining to the Trust team all about their scholarly and sporting progress within the school. The students prepare handmade gifts for the Trust members and are always very theatrical in singing school songs and occasionally putting on small performances for their own and the visitor’s entertainment.
On the most recent visits including this November 2016 outreach, MCT provided a small library of books and games for the children to use both in school and some were gifted for the students to take home too. The children in Pope John Paul II School all come from homes with median incomes of $37,000 p.a. and by and large hail from the local Hispanic community.
The plan going forward is to hold partner days with the school and one such event will be May Day 2018 when MCT will endeavor to bring together other local schools, parishes, community spirited projects in a large all-encompassing wider community outreach. The aim of this May-Day outreach will be to unite the region in mutual support, connect all entities with a focus on well-being and education for all the children.