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A kind donation from a past TP volunteer, who will be remembered for a long time on Moturiki Island!
We just wanted to take the time to say a big thank you to Gareth Dunn and his family, for allocating a very kind donation towards sports development at Moturiki District School. Back in January 2010, Gareth took part in our ten week volunteer expedition to Moturiki and spent so much time teaching and coaching the children during his gap year. Headmaster, Master Mika, and the school committee decided to use Gareth’s donation to fund a much needed new rugby kit for the children’s team, as this was something the school boys had always been lacking. The Moturiki island under 14s rugby kit was finally bought last month.
The Fijian boys were so proud to wear their new shirts and on their first rugby outing, the boys headed across for the Moturiki-Ovalau championships, where they did superbly well to reach the quarter finals against tough competition from the larger schools in the Province. Vinaka Gareth from Think Pacific and MDS. You’ll always be remembered on Moturiki Island each time the Fijian boys pull their shirts on for the big games and tournaments ahead!
It was a new rota for our gap year teachers as well this week and Anthony, Georgie, Rob and Henry had a massive impact in their respective classrooms. Anthony joined Madam Cama in class 3 and introduced poetry for their public speaking house competition next week. They learnt “The Caterpillar” poem and grew in confidence as the lesson progressed.
Sarah worked on a one-on-one basis with Viwa from the class and Georgie also worked one-to-one with a little girl called Natalie in class 4 and started to see how rewarding individual lessons can be. One-to-one lessons are a key focus of our school teaching projects and the success these lessons have in such a short time for the children is always clear to see.
In the senior classroom Rob and Henry joined forces with Master Mika. Henry had a couple of days in school last week and therefore was straight into his stride! Together, they introduced a “Dear Diary” exercise about their weekend activities, the majority of diaries were dominated by the sporting victories over UPS on Friday! The biggest excitement in school this week was the long awaited House Art result, kindly judged by Master Sackey. The winning house was Soqe with some great sporting designs.
Back in the classroom, Anthony has been recapping on the concept of nouns with the creation of a noun wall to refer to when they are struggling in lessons. Class 3 are always enthusiastic during lessons, thus they thrived on the artistic elements for the “Noun Wall”. Georgie continued her poetry practice with class 4 which is helped by the fact that they love the poem “The Cow” which will be learnt for the House Competition. They also worked on the shortened form of words in English. Because there is such a vast difference between the stronger and weaker members of the class, Georgie took a couple off separately to work closely with individually.
Sarah continued to focus on the one-to-one lessons in English and Maths. She worked closely with a young girl named Tapou and after only a short time Sarah realised her maths was in fact very strong but it was her grasp of the English language that let her fall behind in class so Sarah found it very productive. Georgie and Natalie are also continuing so well in class 4, creating new games and ideas for their learning process.
The class now have their own passports which includes short autobiographies that they will be able to add to during the year. They include topics such as what they want to be when they are older and it is great to see such ambition from an early age.
Meanwhile, in class 3, Anthony decided to continue the health theme of last week. In English he created a spelling test linked to a healthy lifestyle and dentistry. This has reinforced the ideas that last week’s committee really wanted to achieve with the children. In class 4, Georgie chose the finalists for the poetry competition, which will give them a week to put the finishing touches to their performance.
Calum, Rob and Henry introduced a brand new creative writing task where they each had to imagine the world in 1000 years. Calum’s example had the children in stitches; “Pigs will be full time accountants and Master Mika will have found a cure for death”. School is superb at the moment, highlighted by the fact that Anthony’s class kept working through break time during one of the mornings despite being told that they could play! There’s not many schools in the world where the children would rather keep studying! Moturiki District School is such an exciting place to be at the moment.
A big thank you to our gap year volunteer Gareth, and his family, who very kindly bought some brand new rugby balls in the UK to donate to Moturiki District School. Any sports equipment is received with such appreciation by the kids, and with rugby being their number one passion this was a great choice! The kids rugby balls were presented to the school teachers and the kids then came running across the fields to get their hands on them!
Gareth’s father and his colleagues at MYPEC have also been incredibly supportive by donating a further £200 which Gareth will put to great use at the end of the his gap year project as he decides upon the most worthy cause.
There’s a huge amount to catch up on from our tiny island in Fiji; The last week has seen lots more hard work from the team, great progress in the building and teaching projects, some really important health initiatives getting underway, some Fiji-style birthday celebrations, and then, the terrible news that a dear Fijian friend, who made such an amazing impact upon our July volunteer teams, has sadly passed away…
Wednesday 14th October –
Today was a big day on the build as it saw both the flooring and the new walling completed by the team, and it was intricate work to cut the timbers around the window frames and size the flooring into narrow gaps. There were also further wall joists and rafters that were rotten being replaced, it is now really starting to come together. In the kindi Chris, Joe, Rachel and Laura had the kids out playing, and after a few rounds of “duck duck goose” and the “hokey cokey” they headed back inside for classes. In school it was the first day of the environment workshop, with Adam teaching class 5 & 6 about waste management and showing them the example compost that we have set up, whilst Emily and Laura went into class 1 to talk about saving endangered species and getting a litter pick going. The projects are a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness for the environment through interacting with the kids and it was great to see it up and running. The sports in the afternoon are now in full flow, and I think Oli is happy to have the older kids for football so that the games can be a little more structured than the class 1 & 2, however enthusiastic they may be! Rounders and Frisbee are also underway with Adam and Laura.
In the afternoon Megan and Derry, who are volunteering with Latitude in Nassessara village, came down to Naicabecabe as they are very keen to be involved in the health awareness programme that we shall be running in the school from next week, and so we called the health committee together to go through the posters and leaflets once more and to chat again about which illnesses and diseases we are keen to focus on. Our hope is to expand on the health syllabus for the kids and provide information and posters that they can refer back to in the future, as well as providing some very basic first aid practice for class 7 & 8 through workshops with the volunteers, it should be a really good process. In the evening the volunteers enjoyed some mellow bowls of grog at different houses, with Holly mentioning how much fun it was to go on a “grog crawl”!
Thursday 15th October –
There was a real buz on the build today, with lots to do and the team working in little “pods” with the Fijian guys. With Maria looking to stay on at school she will now spend every Thursday on the build so that she can be a part of the work going on there, and she was straight to work with Adam and Russi to replace rotten walling on the east side and then board up with walling the gaps left by two windows in the old church, which was not an easy job perched on home made ladders! Fiona, Oli Mcmann, Holly, Danielle and Cat meanwhile were putting primer on all the Frascia boards ready for the undercoat, and Scott and Emily were working with Tomasi on replacing the rotten walling on the back side of the hall whilst Helen began filling the small holes in the old timbers with wood putty. Later in the morning Jack also asked for 2 windows to be made, and it was a labour of love as Scott and Holly made their window, there were lots of smiles like proud parents when it was complete! Oli Mcmann, Helen and Cat also did a fantastic job with their window, very soon the team will put Jack out of work! In the kindi Chris introduced “drip, drip, drop “ to replace “duck duck goose”, and it was so funny watching everyone squeezing water all over each other and chasing each other around the circle, I think it is fair to say that Rachel came out particularly damp!:) With food being the theme for the week in kindi they also had a cracker eating competition after break time which was hilarious, and the team seemed really happy with their morning when I caught them at lunch!
In school Oli Gray was left to take class 8 with Maria on the build, and I think he enjoyed the responsibility as it was his “highlight of the day” at the de-brief. It was also the second day of the environment workshop, with Adam taking classes 7 & 8 and Laura and Emily taking classes 3 & 4. Sports continued as ever. At the de-brief two football captains were named as Oli Gray and Joe ready for the clash of the Think Pacific titans on Monday afternoon, it is now up to them to assemble their teams between the team and the villagers, it should be an immense sporting spectacle! And in the evening the villagers from Ulibau village came down to meet the team and see the projects, and after a sevusevu in the hall, and an incredible amount of cakes that they had brought, the grog party began, with the guitars being played, songs being sung and dancing for all!:)
Friday 16th October –
This morning it was another busy time on the build, with the windows put up, the inside of the wall primered and the undercoat of the frascia boards applied. They also cracked on with putting the wood putty in the small holes so that they can then be completely sanded down, and finished boarding up the holes of the old window. Jack also replaced the rotten top plate on the old wall and made the main entrance door, we are looking forward to another big week next week, with the room to be built inside and the roofing irons to be changed and painted. Friday is music day in the kindi, and Chris was happy to see that the kids are getting better on the recorders. It was also the second day for the environment “workshop” with the kindi kids, and Cat and Danielle had them doing another litter pick around the village and drawing and colouring in the endangered animals and learning their names.
In school the afternoon saw Adam take the second computer class, with Oli Mcmann sadly out of action. With a very sore and infected foot, our expedition leaders have been making daily visits to the doctors with Oli, whilst he gets back to full fitness.
Chris continued with his school music class, and both were once again a huge success. On Fridays the sports are more of a free for all, with the kids choosing which sports they are keen to play and the team setting up little games for them to have some fun. As we work towards the school sports day however Fridays will prove a perfect time for practice matches.
The health committee also met today to plan the first aid practical for the kids, and also allocate the classes that each person will focus on so that we are ready to hit the ground running on Tuesday with the programme. At the de-brief myself, tim and Benjy were quick to say what a fantastic week it has been, and I think everyone is looking forward to a relaxed weekend!:)
Saturday 17th October –
After a big week on the projects the team took the opportunity today to head into Levuka to check emails, pick up some snacks and have a ‘Blitz’…possibly the best ice cream ever made! On the way back to the village on the outboards we were joined by 15 or so Dolphins swimming along side, including a mother and her baby dipping and diving, which was incredible moment. And with the sun shining back in the village Holly, Benjy and Oli Gray headed out snorkelling whilst Emily, Scotty, Alice, Joe, Chris and Tim went for a sea bath with a load of the kids, it’s a hard life! In the evening we were invited by the teachers to visit Nasauvuki for a grog party, and as ever the guitars were out and the dancing was in full swing. And at midnight there was a fun walk back through the jungle and home to Naicabecabe!
Sunday 18th October –
It’s amazing how fast Sabbath seems to come around! The team attended church with the village in the morning, and then it was another busy day of resting, reading and sitting in the sunshine! With it being a bank holiday for Diwali tomorrow Oli and Joe also finalised their teams for the football match in the afternoon, and the count down began for Helen’s big day!
Monday 19th October –
Today was Helen’s big day, so the day began with her opening her cards and pressies from the team, and threats of birthday bumps from the project leaders! With it being the Diwali bank holiday there was no school or kindi, and so the health committee of Maria, Chris, Rachel, Fiona took the opportunity to plan their workshops for the week, beginning with the first aid sessions with class 7 & 8 tomorrow. On the build there was lots to do, with Scotty and Emily building the third window, Holly, Maria and Joe completing the walling blocks on the east side, Dannielle painting the undercoat on the frascia boards and Laura continuing the primer on the new wall. Jack, Tomasi and Anasa were also busy hanging the windows and doors, and the building is really starting to take shape which is great. In the afternoon it was time for the clash of the titans football match, and with the south pacific sun beating down it was decided to play four 15 minute quarters. There were some top performances, with Tomasi, Isikeli and Maciu shining on Oli’s team and Russi, Danielle and of course the birthday girl putting in storming efforts on Joe’s team. The match ended 2-1 to Oli’s team (and Tim has insisted that I mention that he scored both with some quick footwork and ruthless finishing), but football on the day was the winner with lots of the village guys getting involved and lots of laughter all round! Arriving back in to the village the ladies had done an incredible job in decorating the hall with flowers, mats and sulus hung, and the team and villagers sat together for cakes and tea to celebrate Helen’s birthday. Marama had also made the traditional Fijian dress for Helen to wear which was very special, and after a good feast there was the big beach bonfire. After some birthday dancing, the group sat around the fire telling stories and singing songs, with a memorable version of Bohemian Rhapsody, before Chris let loose some fireworks to light up the sky, it was quite an evening!
Tuesday 20th October –
On the build this morning it was all about roofing irons and painting. With the sun beating down Adam did a great job in climbing up onto the roof with Anasa and Tomasi to rip off the old roofing irons and nail on the new sheets, whilst Emily, Cat, Helen and Danielle continued to put the primer on the new walls and windows, and apply the undercoat to the frascia boards. With ipods on there was some great singing and dancing as they worked! In the afternoon Joe, Oli and Scott were also up on the roof.
The Kindi this morning welcomed Scott into the family, and it was a big day with the kids making a get well card for Oli, who we decided to move across to a little cottage in Levuka for a couple of days to make sure he gets the best treatment for his foot infection. With some antibiotics and Tim’s excellent cooking, we’re hoping he’ll be back in no time!
In the village it was time for the weekly ‘litter pick’ as part of the environment programme, and the team were very happy to see how excited the kids were with all the rubbish they were able to find! In school it was a big day with the start of the health workshops, with Maria, Chris and Alice taking class 7 for 1st Aid, and Holly, Oli, Rachel and Fiona taking class 8 1st Aid. All came back to say that it was extremely productive, with the kids interacting and really getting involved which is very positive. The workshops also tie in very neatly with their health science syllabus, and the health committee are looking forward to their class workshops with the other forms over the next 2 weeks. It was also good to hear that Alice’s highlight of the day was being given more of a role in teaching the kids in class 4, whilst Fiona was happy after her first day as an assistant in class 3! In sports the rotation continued, with cricket being introduced rather rounders, alongside rugby, netball and football. As ever the kids and team had allot of fun, although Holly and Chris missed out after finding their new “Nasauvuki Family”, spending the afternoon having some food and telling stories together.
On a different note, tomorrow will be the funeral of Va, a wonderful lady from Daku who died very suddenly last week. Va and her family looked after Abi and Joe during the July project, and she was someone who everyone was very close to with her ability to light up a room with jokes and laughter. And so today myself and Ben went with the villagers from Naicabecabe to make our offering of crops, mats and a donation to the family, and tomorrow the whole team will attend the funeral on what will be a very sad day for the whole island and Think Pacific.
Wednesday 21st October –
Today was the funeral of Va, an incredible lady in Daku village who had made such a huge impression on our team during their time there in July on the project. Va was an absolute gem of a lady who could light up a room with her laughing and teasing, and for her to die so suddenly last week was extremely sad for everyone who had been so lucky to meet her. In respect we stopped all work on the projects today and attended the funeral as a team, all our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Thursday 22nd October –
Back on the projects it was a busy day on the build. Adam and Scott did a great job on scowering down the roofing irons, and with the help of Cat they then began applying the primer to the roof. With more sanding to be done Helen, Maria and Rachel were absolute troopers, and with aching arms the job was complete after lunch and the hall is now ready for its undercoat. Danielle also began putting the top coat on the frascia boards. In the kindi they started off with the name game, and then sang the “1, 2, 3, 4, 5”. After snack time Joe, Chris and Laura had them outside playing a game of Hop Scotch which was allot of fun, and it was then time for the number boards and story time before the kids set off for home. In school it was the second day of health workshops, with information on diabetes and smoking and drinking being taught to the classes. Sports continued as usual with cricket and football being coached alongside rugby and netball.
Friday 23rd October –
This morning the team cracked on, with Emily and Danielle beginning the undercoat on the front wall of the hall, Oli, Helen and Cat completing the primer on the roof, and Jack, Tomasi and Anasa putting up the frascia boards. In the kindi Chris said that it was the best music lesson yet with the recorders as the kids were really starting to get the hang of it. The kids also had fun with the lego at play time, before having relay races outside with Joe and Chris for games. At school Holly and Maria continued their revision classes for 7 & 8, whilst Alice was really enjoying helping class 4, with a boys vs girls spelling test to keep the kids on their toes! And with it being Friday the sports were great as the kids can choose which game to get involved with. In the evening it was the kindi fundraiser “movie night”, and so Fiona, Adam, Scotty, Laura and Rachel spent the morning helping Teresa and Joanna bake the custard pies, chocolate puddings and banoffee pies to raise funds. It was $50c entrance for adults and $30c for kids, and with juice being sold and a kati for pies and puddings it was a real success. And I think all the kids and the village enjoyed the treat of some movies! And with Oli Mcmann feeling much better and getting the all clear from the docs, it was great to have the full team together again.
Friday 9th October –
Today was an early start for the team as we loaded onto the boats at 7am to head into Levuka, everyone was very excited for the sports ahead. Meeting the school teachers and rest of the kids at the wharf, we then fell into our lines ready for the march through the town to the ground, and it was great to have such a presence supporting the children. To open the day there was a speech from guests and the national anthem was sung, and then it was game time!
In the group stages the girls were absolutely un-stoppable in the netball, with 12 wins out of 12 as the Under 10s, 12s and 14s cruised through playing some superb netball and making Alice, Emily and all the team extremely proud, as well as all the villagers who were there supporting. The Moturiki friends and family were certainly making the most noise, and the atmosphere at the netball court was incredible. In the rugby the under 10s showed some strong defence to win their group with 3 wins and 1 draw, whilst the under 14s also went through with 3 impressive wins and 2 draws as they too did Scott and Joe very proud! Sadly the Under 12s didn’t make it through after 2 draws and 2 losses, although the two teams who ultimately met in the final, Levuka Public School and Delana Methodist Primary School, were the two to go through form their group and myself and tim could not have asked for any more from the boys!
With the semi-finals to come, the Under 10s were very sadly disqualified for playing a girl who was 5 days too old, and it left Alice and Emily and all the girls so so disappointed as they had ben un-touchable up to that point, after training so hard. But the girls have assured me that next year they will be even better, and they can head home so proud with their games. The Under 12s stormed through to the final, where with just moments to go were squeezed out by Loreto 3-4, and yet again there was nothing but praise from everone watching for their efforts! The Under 14s missed out in the semi-final 4-5 against a very big LPS side, and looking back there was a sense of frustration for Emily and Alice and their girls that with only two games lost in 14, they missed out on the trophies, but they were quick to say just how amazing their kids had been, going in as huge under-dogs against the much bigger Ovalau schools.In the rugby it was a simllar story of pride and frustration, as the Under 14s lost in sudden death extra time in their semi-final against Marist Convent School to a very obvious forward pass, and the Under 10s lost out in their final to a sudden death drop kick competition when they couldn’t be separated in normal time. So no trophies to bring back to Moturiki Island, but the kids had given everything and made everyone so so proud. We arrived as the huge underdogs, and left as everyones favourites, people will no longer ask who the Moturiki District School are!