Teaching in class 7 and 8 at Rewa District School this week taught me exactly why I came on this project. Since day 1 you know that everything you do is for the kids and you just want to help them. However, years 7 and 8 responded in a way I never thought imaginable.
The week started off as a bit of a trial on Monday, but that night I stayed up late writing maths, English, and music lesson plans.Throughout the week I discovered two new projects, Drama and Music.
In English, the students had never looked at plays before, so having studied drama myself I took this great opportunity and asked them to write a play. After looking at Treasure Island, the children wrote a play based on Fijian myth or legend which included; characters, stage direction and script dialogue.
After producing the script, they had to perform it in front of the class and volunteers, and I even had to mark it as it was a classroom assessment. It was truly amazing to see their hearts set on something you have asked them to do.
I am passionate about music, but his week opened my eyes at how you can develop other’s passion. It started off in class 7 and 8, where the teacher asked for a music class, so I taught the basics of reading music, then they learnt ‘Don’t stop believing’ over the week and practised, before on Friday they performed it beautifully.
Not only were 7 and 8 singing this week, but I started singing lessons with a very talented year 8 girl. I did this so that she could develop her already impressive voice. I also started a choir with classes 5-8 and they really enjoyed it, and the 7 and 8 teacher is going to carry it on. The choir can already say they have sung for the British High Commissioner, who was very impressed with the school’s raw talent. This week taught me that you can try anything on project and you really only get out what you put in!
It’s hard to say what has been my favourite part of the expedition so far, but working within the Fijian schools has been an opportunity of a lifetime!
Today I spent my last day of teaching in Kindergarten, where me, Cheyenne, Jess and Aimee hosted a party playing well known British party games such as ‘Musical bumps’, ‘Musical statues’ and ‘Pass the parcel’. The Children were also excited by the face paints as they were transformed into butterflies!
Seeing the progress the Kindi children have made on the alphabet, numbers and their English speaking skills has taught the volunteers the impact 5 weeks can have on children’s lives, and as our trip comes to an end the volunteers will all be sad to say goodbye to the teachers and children that have formed such a big part of our time in Fiji.
We have been welcomed by everyone and Burebasaga is definitely our home away from home!
Analesi was thrilled with the success of our introductory Kindi scheme in the Rewa province and proud to see our volunteers sharing the same passion whilst implementing their routines and concepts.