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Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Ra Caves & Waterfall Excursion; ‘It was one of the most amazing and epic places I have ever been to!’

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With Think Pacific’s Youth  & Sports projects being launched in the province of Ra in 2015, there are opportunities for our volunteers to explore the stunning natural elements of this rural and remote area, offering incredible highlights to their experiences of traditional Fijian life, and during their final days our Ra May team were treated to a cave and waterfall excursion like no other! We asked Ed to share his thoughts on this epic day with us:

“Sine it was a bank holiday on Friday, the team took a long drive out of the interior to travel to one of the best locations I have ever been to. The Nubumakita Kindi teacher guided us to the cave followed by a waterfall. The cave was chilly, bigger and darker the further we went in. We learned all about how Fijian Warriors would hide in the cave, waiting for their enemy before capturing, killing them, and then eating them! Eventually the cave opened up into a massive cavern! It was filled with bats and even though you couldn’t see them, you could very clearly hear them. It was one of the most amazing and epic places I have ever been to, think Lord of the Rings type caves!

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After this amazing experience we thought it couldn’t be topped. It wasn’t until we arrived at probably the most idyllic waterfall you could imagine that I realised I was wrong. It was like something out of a Hollywood movie with two waterfalls on top of each other leading to one large pool. It also came complete with tonnes of jumping points. We all went off the highest rock too! It was a very long day, and probably one of the best ones I have had on project. I will miss Fiji!”

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Ra May Team – Face paints, cake stalls, beat the goalie, coconut shy & more during Sowanivo village ‘Fun Day’!

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Saturday was our team fundraiser we decided to put on a village fair on the green. We decided on the stalls to run and organised everything the night before. We had to be creative to make our stalls, for example we used bamboo to make the football posts, and all donated unwanted clothes for the tombola. We had stalls such as face painting, eye brow threading, cake stall, tombola, bracelets, coconut shy and beat the goalie.

It was lovely to see the whole village come together and the weather was lovely which made for a beautiful day. Everybody had great fun and we raised $110. We have decided to donate the money to both the Kindis we were based at. It will be beneficial for them as they can buy new resources. Overall it was a fantastic day and a great success for the team!

By Jenny

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Ra May Team – An emotional farewell to Nasau Primary School for our volunteer team!

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On Thursday we headed to Nasau School for the last time. We were seated in front of the whole school for a leaving assembly. At the start we received flower garland made by the boarding students before the headmaster welcomed and thanked us for our work. The tears then started once the year 2 teacher started thanking us for everything over the 4 weeks.

Benji then said a word of thanks before Holly handed over the sports donation which consisted of various balls, cones, cricket set, volleyballs etc. To stop us from crying years 2, 5 & 6 performed a Meke whilst year 8 performed a play. The assembly was rounded off with the whole school singing the farewell song to us which was definitely the cause of more tears. Before leaving we enjoyed refreshment with the teachers and quick photo shoots with the children. All in all it was a great way to say goodbye and a fitting end to our time in the school.

By Charlotte L

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Ra May Team – The House Cup Finals reach epic climax; ‘It was a highlight of the trip and the kids loved every minute of it!’

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Wednesday was our House Cup Final, which was such an exciting day, After lunch we split into our 4 house teams and each performed out team song and team dance, with some examples as ‘Thriller’ and ‘Cotton Eye Joe’. We then presented our artwork to each other and the teachers who were judging.

We then moved on to the Sports Day competition which every child in school participated in. Games included an egg & spoon race, obstacle course, welly throw and relay races. We then announced the winner and our house, Blue House, won, although it was a close competition! It was a highlight of the trip and the kids loved every minute of it!

By Jenny & Jasmine

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Ra May Team – ‘Under the Sea’, Maps, Plants, Ballet, House Cup Dance & Football during Kindi, School & Sports programmes!!

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Kindi – by Jasmine

This week in kindi was myself, Jenny and Sunny. We focused a lot on circle time, looking at numbers in English and Fijian and the alphabet. We could see a vast improvement from the kids throughout the week – which is a great achievement. This week our theme of the week was ‘under the sea’. Therefore everyday we focused on a different animal for them to create to make an aquarium at the end. We turned this theme into a competition and the best four ‘artists were rewarded with their drawing going onto the aquarium. Overall we had a fantastic fun filled week!

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Class 4 – by Kirstie

This week was my 3rd and trail week with class 4. Molly joined and we had a really good time with them! I’ve definatley see an improvement with them and they are much more responsive especially with reading in english. This week week we taught; a geography lesson on maps and capital cities, a science lesson on plants as well as basic literacy and maths. We were really proud of them at the end of the week as we split them all up into groups and gave them a quiz which they all did amazingly at. This shows that a lot of our lessons have actually gone in! The kids are much more confident around us now and the slow readers we have been working with have shown a lot more improvement. Upset to be leaving class 4 after all this time as they have been amazing to work with and I hope they take on board what I’ve taught them.

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Class 7 – by Charlotte S

On friday I taught a Ballet lesson to class 7. All the boys laughed when I told them they had to dance for their lesson, however they were keen to learn too. I taught them the basic feet and arm positions, which they picked up really quickly!  I showed them how to do a pirouette and a first arabesque which they all loved. I then split them into groups to make a short dance at the end of the lesson. It took some persuading to get them all up to perform in front of the rest of the class. The girls were considerably better than the boys but there is definatley potential for a new Billy Elliot!

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House Dance – by Holly

Our House Cup for this week was dancing. For Kirsty and I, dancing is not our finest talent to say the least so we went in blind and the aim was to have fun. We based our dance around the classic ‘Cotton Eye Joe’ starting with some Irish high kicks and then for the kids in pairs and got them to spin each other around. One word….Carnage. Giving permission to Fijian kids to swirl each other around was probably our brightest idea. Next, we took some new moves from our Scottish night club experience and taught our group ‘big fish little fish’ and finished with the children on their knees acting as if they were making it rain money. The worst dance routine ever created but I had a blast and the kids are loving it too.

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Sports Coaching – by Charlotte

This week we coached football to all the years. We focused on basic skills like dribbling and passing advancing the difficulty with each year group before making it into a competition to make it more engaging for the children. At the end of each session we played a game of football which was more successful once the children grasped that they couldn’t touch the ball with their hands. Overall the coaching was a success although difficult not to make everything into a rugby/wrestling match!

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

TP Inter-School Competition – Ra Province – U14 Rugby 7s & Netball; ‘We were all super proud of the kids from Nasau and it was truly an unforgettable day’!

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Providing opportunities and access to students in rural and remote areas to enjoy and participate in structured inter-school sports fixtures is a key aim and initiative of Think Pacific’s Youth & Sports Development programmes, and in Ra this month our Ra May and Leeds Beckett University teams brought together their U14 Rugby 7s and Netball teams for a competition day, before the volunteers themselves took to the pitch for a mixed netball match up!

Molly, from our Ra May Team, remembers a fantastic day for all:

“On Friday we had an amazing day. We travelled to RA High School with our U14 Class 8 Netball and Rugby team, where another Think Pacific team are based, to play their pupils from class 8 in an inter-school competition. It was super competitive and we lost narrowly at the netball despite our fantastic posters, pom poms and cheers! Rugby was a draw but the boys absolutely dominated. We then finished off with an inter-team netball match. We were all super proud of the kids from Nasau and it was truly an unforgettable day!”