Today was our last day at Bolero School and it was an emotional day. In order to prepare for our celebration we all made sure that our last lesson was memorable and enjoyable. At the end of the day we all got together to celebrate our hard work with the children, this was truly a remarkable moment! Lots of singing and dancing took place, songs such as the Beatles ‘A hard day’s night’ and 'lean on me' and also 'walking in the light of God'. Along with this we sang a variety of African songs. The smiles on the children’s faces glowed and shone, it was amazing! During the celebration, speeches were made by Kiran and a student from the school, as well as Helen and the headteacher; they were emotional and hit home for most of the people on the trip.
We had lunch at the school; however it was also with the teachers which made it even more special. For pudding we had a lovely lemon drizzle cake that Imogen’s nan had made, and everyone loved it, in fact we even went up for seconds! We would all just like to say a big thank you to Gagi! J
Then it was time to say goodbye. This was difficult for most of us as during our time at the school we had bonded with the children and had got to know them, so this made it even tougher. In fact tears were streaking down faces; however we knew that it was now time to leave, so we all made our way down the challenging mountain, but the journey was made easier as dozens of children joined us on our final trip down. The mountain was harder for some than others, but we all encouraged each other and spirits were high! In fact we are all now really fit and ‘hench’.
We finally reached Butterfly Space and we were glad to think that this was the last time that we would be walking up and down the mountain! This was a huge relief for us!
In the evening, we all heard the story of Alice (the butterfly space owner), who originally lived in England but then moved to Malawi. It was very interesting and inspirational and we learnt a lot about the Malawi culture, which was very fascinating. To conclude, today has been a great day which was full of amazing memories that I am sure will stay with us forever!
This blog was written by Humaira and Katie
PS from Helen: there will be a bit of delay before posting the next blog as we are heading down to the game park for safari etc so won't be able to get online until Monday evening. At that time I'll probably be posting blogs for Saturday, Sunday and Monday - so be prepared for lots of words and photos!!
love to all of you from all the team