So the day we have all been dreading has arrived, the last day at the school where we know we will all have to say goodbye to our students. But before then we once again get awaken by the loud, dolsic tones of Bex and the 'smiles' of everyone as they trundle into the dining room in their pjs.We had toast and porridge for breakfast before venturing to the bus for our last day at the catch-up centre. Being greeted by the children this morning with smiles on their faces and hugs as we walked off the bus made us realise the strong bonds we had created with these children and how much we have impacted on them in such a short space of time.
As we unpack our resources this morning into our classrooms; gorrila, leapards, elephants and lions we hear the children singing out with pride their morning song.
The 'lessons' began with Team Elephant painting a mural of jungle animals and didnt end up looking too good as the children much preferred to draw their own thing. They then went onto playing playdough, the smiles and enjoyment on the childrens' faces were incrediable, whilst doing this Lamara and Megan tried their best to save the painting.
Whilst Team Lions started the day with a story time sesson of the book called 'i want to be a pirate' The children were really engaged and seemed to really enjoy the story. We shortly moved onto painting which the children really enjoyed. At the same time the children were one at a time getting their faces painted leaving our class looking like animals from the jungle.
After break each team gave their students a plain white t-shirt for them to decorate in any which way. They were so proud of their tops and modeled them for the rest of the day.
After lunch we went back to team games and activities. Just as we started the rain came down, oh yeah typical. This didnt stop us showing off the cha cha slide to the community event.
PS: We were awful and the African dancing definetly put us to shame.
It was now time to go after a long, exciting and eventful 5 days with the children. Goodbyes were difficult and emotions were running high throughout. As we all got onto the bus the children were coming up to the window and would hold our hands. Holding back the tears didnt really work as most of the team and some of the children were crying.
Looking forward to a nice evening with the staff from catch-up school and the translators over a yummy buffet styled dinner.
Lots of love see you all in 3 days from Chelsea and Mollie and the rest of the team xxx