Home' Capricornus Quarterly : July 2013 Contents Rockhampton Grammar School students
are using their newly acquired skill of knitting
and crocheting to make a small difference to
others facing difficult challenges in their lives.
The Year 9C form class has turned their
hands to this once popular pastime to
make beanies which will be sent to the
Royal Children’s Hospital cancer ward in
Brisbane. Concentration is the name of
the game as the students meticulously
work with needles and yarn.
It is a cause close to the students’ hearts
with classmate Mungo Heath (pictured
top left) himself recovering from cancer.
In was the end of semester school holidays
in 2012 when Mungo was diagnosed with
Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma – a rare
type of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Instead of sitting in a classroom during
Terms 3 and 4 with his classmates, Mungo
was instead in hospital in Brisbane for about
six months receiving chemotherapy.
Mungo is currently in remission, with no
evidence of cancer cells, but is still required
to travel to Brisbane every three months for
check-ups to see if he is still cancer free.
“The chemo causes your hair to fall
out – sometimes it doesn’t fall out
and you have these random clumps
(of hair) sticking out,’’ Mungo said.
“If you don’t have a beanie when
you go out people stare, especially
if you have scars on your head.
“Also, with no hair you get really cold so
you need a beanie to help you stay warm.
“For some people they freak out at
having no hair so the next best thing
is a wig or a beanie. And if the beanie
is cool you feel better about wearing
one. It just helps you blend in.’’
Mungo had never tried knitting a beanie until
his Form Class stepped up to the challenge.
“I didn’t realise how long it took to
make one beanie, nor did I realise
how hard it was to knit.’’
Form 9C teacher Mrs Samantha Meager
said the concept evolved after Mungo
commented on how when he lost his hair
during chemotherapy the hospital only
had pink beanies. Form 9C is fund
raising for the Royal Brisbane Children’s
Cancer Ward as its form charity so they
decided to take it a step further and
contribute to the “Beanie Bag” as well.
The Rockhampton Grammar School
beanie delivery to the hospital is
scheduled to take place later this year.
“I am so impressed with how every
student has been willing to give it a
go and persevere,’’ Mrs Meager said.
“The goal is that each student will
contribute at least one beanie to send
away – we have even had a grandparent
knit some beanies and send them in.’’
The skill is not only beneficial towards
a good cause, it is also great for each
student’s personal development – trying
something many of the students would
possibly not have done before.
“Students are helping each other
and teaching each other.”
“It helps build a sense of belonging and
civic mindedness, giving a little of yourself
and doing something nice for someone you
don’t know because it simply brings a smile
to their face and helps them out when they
are potentially not in a great place.’’ CQ
“If the beanie is
cool you feel better
one. It just helps
you blend in.”
Yea r 9 stud ent Mungo Heath
Matilda (Tilly) Wilson is a three year
old Gold Coa st girl living with severe
Cerebral Palsy. It affects all of her
limbs, limiting the level of control she
has over her muscles and movement.
Form class 10D and teacher Alex
Argos leaped at an opportunity to
work with a team of Bond University
students to help Tilly overcome some
of the difficulties of her condition.
Working through Dream Workers, a
Gold Coast based charity organisation
that assists families with children
suffering from severe and rare diseases
and conditions, team volunteers
worked to raise money to help purchase
specialist equipment and treatment.
Project co-manager Daniel K rause
(RGS 2012) engaged with the students
of 10D to host a Dress Down day in
Term 1, 2013. His fellow Bond university
students developed marketing materials
to be distributed around the School
and Daniel met with the Form class
to generate awareness of Tilly, her
condition and the work being done
by Dream Workers. The Dress Down
day wa s successfully carried out on
25 March and raised $621.45.
These funds have been used by
Tilly’s family to purchase a ‘second
skin’ which will be worn by Tilly to
assist with her muscle development
and movement control.
The Bond University project was
run as part of Daniel’s course,
Managing Projects. The primary
assessment piece required the team
to develop a charity- oriented project
over a twelve week timeframe.
“ We can’t thank you enough for
all your efforts in helping our little
girl, she has so much potential but
just needs all the extra help,” s aid
Angie Wilson, Matilda’s mum.
– Daniel Krause
We can’t thank you enough
for all your efforts in
helping our little girl.
Their heart on a string
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In the service of others
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