St Monica's pupils make paper cranes for Rainbow Day

Many aspects of life at school have had to adapt and change due to COVID-19, and fundraising is one of them.

The pupils at St Monica's Primary School Richmond found an inventive way to host their annual missions fundraiser, while staying COVID-friendly.

Principal Melissa Beggs said Michaela, a year 5 student, sent her an email with an idea she had about incorporating the making of paper cranes - which the pupil had been learning to do at home - with the school's Rainbow day.

Rainbow day is an annual event that the school uses to raise money for education for children in Timor-Leste through the Mary MacKillop Today charity.

Michaela's idea was that the families could make the cranes at home together and while they were learning this new skill they could also discuss the work being done in Timor-Leste and what the money the school sends would help with.

The cranes would then come back to school and be displayed.

"In these times the children are learning to adapt and problem solve when they are faced with changes to our regular routines and events," Mrs Beggs said.

"The children have embraced Michaela's idea and along with her friend Sydney the whole school has become involved.

"We are very proud of the way that they have begun with an idea and have seen it through to the end product."