On Tuesday we had a great day of House Sport. The two houses, Duibano and Kaunitoni competed to win the school cup. The competition included games such as sack races, egg and spoon, wheel barrow, clothes races and a classic tug of war to finish off the day. The highlight of the event was the clothes race where the children had to run to each station and put on an item of the volunteers clothing. Tash kindly donated her knickers and the kids ran through the finish line with them on their heads!
On Wednesday the children then took part in the House Cup competition we’d organised for them. They are divided into two houses – Duibano and Karutoni – and us volunteers were split into two as well to help. During our time in Lekanai we helped the children with House Art, House Dance, House Singing House Photography and House Speaking.
For House Art the theme was decided as ‘Britain’, and the children were able to do anything they wanted within that. One house decided to create a giant tea party scene, cutting out tea cups and plates, creating paper cucumber sandwiches and a giant pink birthday cake with candles on the middle of the table. The other house had created a 2D model of Britain, sticking onto an outline of the country little models including a double decker bus, the Loch Ness Monster etc. It was great to see the children enjoying themselves cutting and sticking and going crazy with the glitter pens we’d brought with us.
House Dance involved each house learning a routine which us volunteers had choreographed. One house went for a sophisticated but simple routine, whilst the other created a dance involving lifts and free styling. The children’s Fijian dance moves were very impressive and they didn’t hold back. For House Singing one group sang ‘Mamma Mia’, and the other did ‘Build me up Buttercup’. In true Fijian style the children all sang really loudly and tunefully and it was a delight to hear them.
In House Photography we volunteers were instructed to take a photo of the children doing something special, and one house used their bodies to spell out ‘T P’, whilst the other house took a photo of all the children hanging from the branches of a large tree. House Speaking involved picking the best children from each year group to perform a speech we’d picked for them. Class 3 and 4 performed a tongue twister, 5 and 6 did a Charlie Chaplin speech, and 7 and 8 did a section from Obama’s inauguration speech. All the chosen kids were really impressive – we couldn’t believe how they memorised such long sections of English, it was great. We found an unbiased judge to come and watch the performances and view the photographs, and he gave the scores to the leaders at the end of the afternoon to announce.
Duibano were the winners for the first time in 3 years, and it was safe to say they were ecstatic about the results. It was a wonderful day and I think the children all enjoyed themselves immensely which, as always, was the most important thing!