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Just when we were ready to send our 'wrap-up' for the year, we got this amazing email...
Soap Box Racer Derby and Gala
Organised and built by students of Wanaka Primary School
"Students were so engaged throughout the two terms. Ideas kept on growing. Children who in the past had struggled with becoming involved, really got into this task. Some different students got the chance to shine."
Pupils at Wanaka Primary School hit top speed in a fundraising go kart race – an article featured in the Wanaka Sun helps explain.
The race was dreamed up by the pupils themselves to raise money for Purple Cake Day: "As part of our school values of respect and honesty, we showed them Purple Cake Day videos because we wanted to show them how lucky they are. And this is their reaction, to raise money to help. We said to them, 'think big', and they did," said teacher Anna Speak.
Over two terms the students planned, prepped and promoted the derby and gala, which became a huge part of their learning... 
"I have talked to heaps of parents, teachers and kids, all really positive about the whole experience." Daryl Gellatly, Associate Principal
The day was hugely successful, raising over $3500 for Purple Cake Day. But just as importantly, were the learning outcomes and the involvement of the children themselves. We are completely blown away. Amazing. Well done. 

"It was awesome to see children of this age become so invested. The idea came from them, from learning about the school value of RESPECT, they then looked at other children around the world and wanted to do something for them. After they heard about Purple Cake Day they were so motivated about this. The children decided to do a gala and Soap Box Derby after being inspired by the Rickshaw Racing some of them had heard about. It was great that it was so student driven." Kelly Chadwick, Wanaka Primary School.

To find out more about the learning modules they developed, feel free to contact Wanaka Primary School. 
Update from Nepal
"A vast leap forward in the standard of teaching"

"Purple Cake Day’s support has enabled First Steps Himalaya’s education projects to take a vast leap forward in the standard of teaching. There has been remarkable progress at schools that have attended workshops run by Nepali and international trainers. Local teachers have been inspired by a range of ideas and hands on activities which can easily be implemented in their classrooms. First Steps Himalaya plans to continue this focus on training over the coming year." – Fionna Heiton, First Steps Himalaya co-director

These two fantastic stories inspire us hugely. Thank you for your support. See more photos and find out more on our FaceBook page. 

Emily and the team at Purple Cake Day
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