Sadly, week two of the Australian Educational/Construction Tour to New Life has come to an end. We had a very emotional Friday afternoon as we said goodbye to all the kids and staff. This year we took the opportunity to give special thanks to the 40 staff who work tirelessly, 24/7, looking after the beautiful kids.
Once again it was an action filled week consisting of a variety activities for the kids. The mornings started with prayer, songs and the Australian Team performing a drama: The Story of Moses. The kids particularly enjoyed participating in the plague scenes helping Pharaoh suffer by throwing gnats, flies, grasshoppers, hail (ping pong balls) etc at him.
Jennifer & Madelaine Bull entertained the preschool kids painting super cool t-shirts, making different crafts and playing many games.
The primary kids were kept busy with the endless energy of Nicole & Dylan Brister playing sport and the amazing ingenuity of Marinda Brister in designing games, making crafts and cooking.
Steve Legge continue his music class from last week, teaching 4 songs including the Beatles classic “All You Need Is Love”. Plus he and Janette expanded on “I Am, You Are, We Are Myanmar” to include two new verses for the whole group.
On Wednesday, in keeping with the Australian/Myanmar theme, the primary kids made both countries flags out of crepe paper…they are now hanging proudly on the wall of the educational centre. That afternoon they showed their individuality in designing hand puppets and constructing a play. Meanwhile the older kids were enjoying their annual Water Park Wednesday. (The primary kids enjoyed the water park last week) A highly anticipated event of the year.
Other classes for secondary kids included:
Embroidery with Lynne Peter where the kids explored their creative side by blinging up donated white canvas bags with embroidery, patchwork and application of trinkets and beads.
Exploring variety of art techniques with Janette Hemelaar such as wax art, watercolors, acrylic painting, pencils and crayons.
Knitting with Lyzabeth Van Leer. In this group the girls learnt to cast on, learnt basic stitches and casting off. Some of girl’s became very creative making face washes, water bottle bags and scarves.
Computing with Maria Bakker where the kids were very quick in embracing technology. In class they learnt Word, fancy PowerPoint presentations using their new google search skills, invitation/certificate design and playing with some android applications.
We also had a very special member of our team, Gradi Tromp, who used her counseling skills to mentor staff and hold much needed sessions with the more emotionally traumatized children. These sessions incorporated sand trays, picture cards, journals and effective questioning methods. We all learnt that we may have ‘holes’ in our hearts due to loss, but we can make choices about how we fill those holes. We are surrounded by love, but when we have ‘holes’ we need to make a conscious decision to open our hearts to let this love in.
This week the kids also had a session on how to take good care of James’ Happy Bus.
Meanwhile, outside in the 36 degree plus heat, the construction team continued cementing around the Educational Centre, replaced table tops in the dining area, built a large sandpit for the preschool, and designed and built a “cyclone” proof shed for much needed outdoor pre-school equipment storage. Frank Hemelaar, Steve Bakker, Robin Brister, Don Inglis, and Ian Patrick.
All finishing on Friday afternoon with a traditional dance and presentation session, followed by our emotional farewells.
Last but not least we should thank Seasons Hotel, our home away from home.