School calls on community to back project

(l-r) Annabel Page, Iris Tatad, Abbey Blackmore, Hayley Butler and Rebecca Nel. 'Students from Oaklands Catholic School, with a scale model of a memorial they wish to get funding for to build in the school grounds. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143649-442)
(l-r) Annabel Page, Iris Tatad, Abbey Blackmore, Hayley Butler and Rebecca Nel. 'Students from Oaklands Catholic School, with a scale model of a memorial they wish to get funding for to build in the school grounds. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143649-442)
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A SCHOOL is calling on support from the community to help build a memorial.

Oaklands Catholic School and Sixth Form, in Waterlooville, has made plans to build a memorial in the school grounds.

But it wants the community to get involved to help build it.

The memorial, which will signify a stand against hatred and intolerance, was thought of by students and organised by RE teacher Mugeni Sumba.

He said: ‘In Year 9 the students learn about genocide in RE.

‘About four years ago, the Year 9 pupils asked what they could do to show people they were learning about it.

‘That’s when the idea for the memorial was born.

‘We have been in touch with an architect and we have just had the final design approved.

‘We thought of several designs but a few of them would not have worked. But the architect has agreed with the latest design and students have made a miniature version.

‘So we are really excited to get the project going.’

When built, the memorial will stand on the school’s sunken lawn, near the science block.

And Mr Sumba hopes it will be at the school for a long time.

He added: ‘The design was so important because we want it to remain in the school for a long, long time.

‘I want pupils’ grandchildren to come here and see it, knowing their family helped build it.’

But Oaklands Catholic School, on Stakes Hill Road, also wants the community to be involved in the Memorial Against Hatred and Intolerance.

So it is calling for people who might be able to help build the memorial to get in touch.

Mr Sumba said: ‘The students at the school have designed the memorial but we want the community to feel involved and know the memorial is there for them, too.

‘So anyone who can help us build it should get in touch because now the design is finalised we are ready for the construction to start.’

Anybody who wants to get involved should call the school on (023) 9225 9214.