Volunteers Leave Lasting Impression
Appointment days at the Uniform Shop are a significant occasion for new members of the Christ Church community. For boys, it is the reality that the first day at a new school is fast approaching. For many parents, it is their first contact with the School since their son’s enrolment.
However, about 84 volunteers have been helping to make new families transition into CCGS that bit easier. The annual appointment days allow families to fulfill all their uniform needs with the one-on-one help of a volunteer, usually a current Christ Church mother.
Uniform Shop co-convener Jane Eaton, mother of Matthew (Year 10), said the shop would not get through 270 appointments without the help of its wonderful volunteers. “On the hour, we have seven boys, in seven cubicles, each being fitted to a finely-tuned method,” Mrs Eton said. “If we did not have them – it would be bedlam!”
Mrs Eton said while manager Chrissie Lidstone and six part-time staff members ran the shop during term time, appointment days depended on the help of volunteers. “It is really great to see regular volunteers come back time and time again, not only happy to do extra timeslots but really enjoying the experience,” she said.
Amidst the sea of blue and gold was volunteer Adie Meares, mother of Christian (Year 9) and old boy Tom (2010), who was helping new Christ Church mum Cathryn Higgins and her son Alex Edibam (Year 4). Mrs Meares, who has volunteered for the past five years, said appointment days were her favourite volunteering effort and recalled her first experience as a new parent. “I can remember bringing my eldest son along and how nice the volunteer made me feel about coming to the School.”