Final Days in Nacamaki Kindi – by Jennie, Stuart & Rebecca
The final week in Nacamaki Kindi was an action packed one that had the children taking on a different role each day. Monday had paint pallets, brushes and a huge blank canvas ready for the kids to recreate the splash paint work of Jackson Pollark. The children finished their fantastic project covered in paint and with huge smiles on their faces. It now hangs on pride of place on the ceiling of the Kindi art gallery. Tuesday had the children taking the wonderful journey to the African plains where they performed a ceremonial rain dance to help to bring the rain. With the imaginary rain falling all around, we all gathered under a home-made rain shelter to listen to a story. The imaginary rainfall was then celebrated by the throwing of water balloons, which soon escalated to a full blown water fight! Soaked and smiling, the TP teachers were satisfied with another good day.
Wednesday was army day and the children proved that there are no obstacles that they can’t overcome when they completed the assault course. A bilo of rum (water) helped the children through Thursday’s pirate day, where scurvy ripped through the hoard of pirates. This did not dampen their spirits and they thoroughly enjoyed following the clues, which led to the spot marked with an ‘X’, where they dug to find their treasure.
After an exciting week, it was time for the Nacamaki children to graduate from the Think Pacific Kindi programme. They took their seats looking very cute in their graduation hats. 3 proud TP volunteers called the children to the stage to celebrate the amazing progress that they have made over the past 6 months. Each child left with a certificate and personalized award medal!
Christmas Comes to Kindi – by Jo
To finish our celebrations themed week in Kindi, we decided Christmas should come early and we should share things that we enjoy in England during Christmas time.
The day started with the decoration of a somewhat shabby looking tree, the kids then went to ‘sleep’ in the hope that Father Christmas might come. And sure enough he did, in the shape of Danny, sporting a cotton wool beard and sunglasses. Santa released red and green balloons to the kids, much to their excitement. Once we managed to get them back from that and the upset that there wasn’t a balloon per person, toilet tubes disguised as crackers were given out by Santa to congratulate them for being good children.
Next, a miraculous thing occurred, it SNOWED in Fiji!! The kids were transformed from 5 year olds to old people as the flour/snow, which Danny sprinkled down from the roof, made them worry that the ‘snow’ will ruin their Christmas best! So we decided the most appropriate way to wash them down was to have a good old traditional water fight. The next 30 minutes consisted of chasing kids, refilling bottles and getting absolutely soaked in the process. The kids proceeded to essentially have showers under the taps before complaining of the cold as they waddled home.
Merry Christmas Kindi!
Bringing Hollywood to Kind – by Jo, Jamie & Charlotte
Our last Friday in school was upon us and it proved to be one of the most emotional. For me, Jo and Charlotte we decided to go out with a bang and bring Hollywood to Kindi for the day. After week of frenzied preparation, a Hollywood sign which took over my life and the construction of a very emotional slide show, we were ready for the big day. Jo and Charlotte both dressed for the occasion in lovely colourful ball gowns, and we then rolled out the red carpet, which was actually mustard yellow, and welcomed the dressed up kids one by one, the paparazzi (James) buzzing around, as they entered into our final Friday bungalow.
After our last ever tooth-brushing time, the kids went off for recess and we prepared for the main awards ceremony, with each child receiving a personalised medal with their individual awards on it! By the time we came to our main prize of Kindi all-star for Alena and most improved for Elenoa, all the kids were smiling with their range of awards; going from Melo winning best friend and Roli being the Space cadet.
The most emotional part was still to come however, with Vini making a thank you speech and Tevita, winner of ‘most likely to be president’, presented us all with handmade shell necklaces, before we had to say our own thank you speeches to the kids, the mums and Vini for all the help we have had along the way. To conclude the day we put on our slide show of all the photos we had taken during our time in Kindi, enthralling the Kindi kids and their mothers, who had descended upon the building with piles and piles of cake, biscuits and tang and we ended our final emotional day in Kindi with a party with the kids that we will never forget!
Nacamaki Class 1 & 2 Make A Splash – by Louise J
The topic this week in class 1 & 2 is the sea, the river and the creek. So on Thursday Craig, Mrs. Milika and I took the students down to the beach in front of the school for their first swimming lesson. We all set off with floats in hand and really excited children. As Craig is a fully qualified lifeguard, we decided to work on the children kicking their legs in different ways whilst they held on to the floats.
They had so much fun while we pulled 2/3 children at a time into the sea, then turning back towards the beach. There was lots of splashing from all the kicking in the water. Craig and I was so surprised that many of the children were able to swim and were very confident. Mika in class 1 was not able to swim, but after a few times being taken into the water he eventually became relaxed with me and was enjoying kicking his legs while holding onto the float. We then got the class into three teams, where they had a relay race, swimming towards us – this built up the fun even more.
After the race we then all got out of the water and finished off by making sandcastles, we used empty coconuts and decorated them with shells. It was my most enjoyable lesson on project, being both mine and Craig’s favourite moment of the week!
Moce Class 2 – by Charlotte
I can’t believe how quickly these past few months have gone and how much time I have spent with class 2 and all the other children at Vunivasa School. It feels like only yesterday I first walked into class 2 and now it has come to an end. Those children have been such a big part of my experience on Koro island and have all come such a long way from when I first met them, making leaving them going to be one of the hardest things I have ever had to do!
Nothing has made me happier than walking into that classroom every day. Friday was my last day with class 2 and so as a thank you, I bought biscuits, juice and lollies for them all – to say I was outdone is an understatement! Friday was also Atu’s 7th birthday, so nana Ateca put on a massive spread of juice, biscuits, cake and custard pie to say happy birthday to him and goodbye to me. My biscuits and juice didn’t even get a second look!
After a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’, Miss Buliruarua stood up to say a few words of goodbye and by that point I was completely overwhelmed with emotion that I could barely say anything back or give them the card myself and Frankie had made for them. The whole class then sang ‘see you again’ which is a song Sam and I had taught them and Epeli (my favourite) gave me a necklace, which set me off in floods of tears again. It was such a bittersweet party but was a great way to round off an amazing 6 months with class 2!