Wed, November 7, 2018

Former Sheldon English teacher, Tara Johnston, has been fighting an aggressive form of breast cancer for the past 12 months. Over the past few weeks, and following a recent fundraiser, Sheldon College staff and students have united to fold 1000 paper cranes for Tara. Ms Johnston taught English, Literacy Support and TESOL to Sheldon students intermittently from 2009 to 2017 and the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr, is one of Tara’s favourites. Sadako Sasaki was a child in Hiroshima when the nuclear bomb dropped in 1945. She died 10 years later, but sparked a paper crane-folding tradition that continues to this day. The paper crane is probably the most recognised origami model and is often given as a wish for peace and as a Japanese symbol of longevity.

Brenton Campbell, Head of Faculty – English and Languages, said, “It is Tara’s birthday this weekend and the College Community wanted to fold these cranes for her as small gesture of expressing our support, spirit and hope during this difficult time in her life. We chose to use paper in Sheldon colours and it was lovely to see students from Prep through to Year 12 getting involved. We will present one piece of the framed collection to Tara this week and keep the remainder at the College in recognition of the positive impact she has had on the College and her students past and present.”

Follow the link to Tara’s Go Fund Me page here: