Ron the donkey returns home to Le Rondin School and Centre

October 9th, 2011 by Barclays Wealth

THE life-size donkey decorated by pupils at Le Rondin School and Centre for the Guernsey Adult Literacy Project’s (GALP) fundraising initiative has been donated to the school by Barclays Wealth.

Le Rondin School children with Ken Bradley Island Director Barclays Wealth Guernsey (left), head teacher Paula Sullivan (centre) and creative arts leader Juanita Byrne (click image to expand)

Ron, named after Le Rondin School and Centre, was sponsored by Barclays Wealth and after a short stay at the bank’s High Street branch, the statue has been gifted to the school where it will take pride of place.

‘Each of the 94 pupils and 35 teachers and teaching assistants who placed their handprint on the fibreglass donkey thoroughly enjoyed decorating Ron.

Many of the children with learning difficulties enjoy sensory activities such as hand-printing as they get immediate feedback from it so the session was very rewarding,’ said Le Rondin School and Centre head teacher Paula Sullivan.

Ron was one of 40 donkeys sponsored by companies in the island. The sponsorship covered the cost of constructing and transporting the fibreglass statues.

The remaining donkeys were sold at auction to raise funds for GALP, which was established four years ago to provide those adults, who are unable to achieve their full potential because they missed out on literacy skills in their youth, with opportunities to develop those skills now.

‘The support we receive from Guernsey businesses allows us to provide extras for the children such as days out and so we appreciate just how valuable that corporate funding is.

We are pleased that through our involvement, Barclays Wealth has been able to support the Guernsey Adult Literacy Project and we are delighted that Ron has returned to the school,’ said Mrs Sullivan.

Rondin School and Centre children with creative arts leader, Juanita Byrne (left), Ken Bradley Island director of Barclays Wealth, Guernsey and Head Teacher, Paula Sullivan (click image to expand)

Barclays Wealth provided a creative brief to decorate Ron with the community in mind. The teachers’ handprints were placed on his legs to symbolise the structure and support given within the school, the older children’s on his body and the nursery school children placed theirs in the lighter colours on top.

Ken Bradley, island director of Barclays Wealth, Guernsey, said the children at Le Rondin School and Centre had done a great job decorating Ron the donkey and really took to the design brief and the community theme.

‘We are pleased to be able to support the Guernsey Adult Literacy Project by sponsoring one of its donkeys, and it has been great to see Ron returned to the school to be enjoyed by the children that helped decorate him,’ he said.


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