On Monday the team started their new Rota on project. We had James, Sassy, Will, Jack, Adrien and Jim on the build project, and it was another week of hard graft as the wall frames for the entire kindergarten structure went up, as well as the noggins and braces being measured, cut and nailed into place. The week on build also had its highlights, including lots of hammered fingers, James and Sassy giving their personal rendition of “Lose Yourself” by Eminem (which even had our building manger Sami laughing), ice pops, cold tang and some ‘kerekere’ for cakes!
In Kindi we had Theo, Morag, Ciara and Martha ready for the wonderful mayhem of Early Childhood Education learning! The theme of the week was transport, so the guys spent time making paper planes, pictures of tractors, busses and boats. They also had lots of fun during song time, and very much enjoyed the Kindi kids version of ‘God is so good’, whilst also embracing being covered in paint, stickers and the usual Kindi shenanigans!
Rich took class 1 this week and entertained them with paper ducks and helping to teach the ABC. Libby took class 2, and by end of the week was already leading classes. On Friday Libby and her class arranged a birthday party for 3 of the students who had their birthdays during the week. The class had party hats and played games, and of course sang a rather long version of “happy birthday” for the guests of honour. In class 3 and 4 we had Tash, who spent the majority of the lesson time assisting and helping the kids in class 3 who were struggling in particular subject areas, particularly English and Maths. She also had the opportunity to take a few lessons on verbs and pronounciation. In class 5 Jamie stepped up to the challenge and took classes all week, implementing a very imaginative English lesson with some creative writing about birds and giants! He also imparted a lot of wisdom during health education and got the kids to talk about clean water and sanitation. In class 6 Sam got stuck straight in with a huge topic and lesson, with the students being asked to invent, draw and write about their very own monster…the results were very scary!!!! In class 7 and 8 Laura worked alongside Master Mika, taking the children by storm with classroom English Olympics, and in song time she taught them price tag by Jessie J, which has already become a classroom favorite, second only to Laura herself!
For house cup this week we had Debating, with the topic being “Should there be school on Saturday?”. We held the semi finals on Wednesday, before the play offs and finals were held on Friday afternoon. Debating is a very new concept to the students, and the team and kids worked really hard to practive and organise the debates throughout the week. The representatives from each house all did wonderfully and it got very competitive and rather loud on finals day, but in the end the victory went to Kula!
For Sports coaching this week the team organised Netball, Rugby, Cricket and Hockey, sending the week teaching different techniques for their sports before holding matches and small tournaments on the Friday afternoon.
As it is wet season here in Fiji it was only a matter of time before the scorching sunshine finally broke…and during the week we had a lot of rain, which of course means play time in the puddles…for the team! This was great fun and everyone was loving playing games like kids, until of course lightning decided to strike and the team all slipped and slided their way to safety undercover!
On Friday the team enjoyed a visit to our neibouring village of Navuti, where we enjoyed many many bilos of grog, a lot of crazy “hop hop” dancing, and wobbly walk home!