A beautiful initiative unfolded on Friday 4th December, 2015 with the marking of the first annual Christmas tree decorating day at La Petite Ferme. A celebratory event inviting Foundation Phase learners from throughout Franschhoek to join in the festivities and jubilee leading up to Christmas Day.
Together with the assistance of Mr. Johann Burger (Deputy Chief Education Specialist, Cape Winelands Education District, Western Cape Education Department and Western Cape Government) and Mr. Chris Boonzaaier (Principal of Wemmershoek Primary School, and Chairman of the Franschhoek School’s Charter) this magical day was made possible. All six of the Primary schools from the Franschhoek Valley were invited to allocate four learners to attend this commemorative debut event at La Petite Ferme. Participating schools included: Dalubuhle Primary School, Bridge House School, Franschhoek High School, Groendal Primary School, Wemmershoek Primary School and Wes-Eind Primary School.
“It was a great joy for our team at La Petite Ferme to host this memorable event for the youth, uplifting children’s spirits and giving them something special to take with them into their futures” says La Petite Ferme General Manager, Riaan Kruger.
A large Christmas tree positioned on the front lawn beside the vineyards – clad with gift boxes and surrounded by arts and crafts stations – formed the hub of the day’s activities, with the gorgeous Franschhoek vistas forming a picturesque backdrop. The scholars were greeted with Christmas hats before engaging their creative spirits through cultural artistic activities, with interludes of fun and exciting interactive games. Each of the participants received a lunch box and Santa gift pack filled with educational toys and delicious sweet treats from Switzerland.
“The event treated the learners to a very special day; A memorable occasion benefiting those learners coming from all walks of life” expressed Mr. Burger.
With La Petite Ferme recently moving under new ownership, The NEST Co., a line-up of exciting community projects are in place for 2016.