Here are some pictures of the huge effort that has gone into creating the Gau Island Nursing Station. We’re delighted to say that the team have managed to successfully complete the entire building, which now stands proud in the village! We’ll have some pictures to show the completed building soon! Everyone has worked incredibly hard for the final week- with the walling completed by Sophie, Kath and Catherine, the flooring by Ben G, Nicole, Sarah and Kelly, the Fascia Boards by Ben W and Josh and the roof completed by Dan, Adam and Robyn (who managed to get more on themselves than the roof!) Below is Ben G’s take on the last full week of the building project and some other thoughts on our penultimate week too! We can’t wait to receive photos of the newly completed project – Well done Team Lamiti!!
Project update by Ben Gledhill…
After the first two weeks of the project on teaching, I decided to do one week on the build. Most of the frame had been put into place so this week was all about putting in the floor boards, making the walls and putting the roof on. I was slightly nervous because I’m not experienced in building, but pretty much straight away you just get straight into it and its very hands on. Firstly, I and other team members fitted the floor boards, while the rest were separated into nailing the wall panels or the roof onto the house frame and joists. This took around three and a half days. The rest of the week was starting the 3 coats of paint on both the roof and the inside and outside of the walls. During the week LuLu was taking groups of 5/6 to go snorkeling. I was lucky enough to go twice during the week and on the second time we went out past the reefs into deeper water and saw a 4ft reef shark which for a lot of people, including myself, was the first time we had seen a shark in the wild and was one of the best things on the whole trip. Overall the build is coming on as planned it’s looking really professional and everyone is proud of what we’ve done so far.
For the after school sport a small group of us did rounders with the older girls. None of us had really played before but it’s one of the sports the girls love so it’s worth doing. Most sessions started with a warm up then ether batting a catching practice. Some days they would be sharp on everything and we’d get straight into a game and then other days they would drop a lot of balls so we’d carry on until they got it right, which does sound harsh but the girls responded well and actually do enjoy pretty much anything we throw at them.
For the House Cup this week the subject was arts and craft and as a group we decided the theme was going to be super heroes. It turned out harder than first expected as the younger children didn’t really understand what a super hero was. In the end our group brain stormed on the black board and decided on ‘FIJI MAN’. Our super hero had flip flops, a sulu, a bula shirt, a shield, a machete, and a roman style helmet. We got the kids to design each different part of FIJI MAN then stuck them on a piece of wood, it didn’t really turn out as planned but the kids had fun with it which is the main thing.
After all the school and sports had finished we all separated into boys and girls to practice our Meke, which is basically the equivalent of the New Zealand Haka. There are different ones for the boys and girls which is why we had to split. It’s coming along nicely so hopefully we’ll all be finished and ready for when the time comes when we have to perform it at the opening ceremony of the build. Looking forward to the last week of the project and lots going on with the House Cup final, different fund raisers and last hop-hop sessions with the villagers.
Ben Gledhill 24/6/2013