Poutasi, Samoa - Teaching the Children
Grace - Today we worked alongside the teachers to experience and learn about the life and way of learning in Saleilua Primary School. We were flanked by students from some of our first steps into the school grounds and surrounded as we attempted to communicate and teach the students different memory games and read them English books. Despite the constant stream and introductions of students you never failed to encounter new and smiling faces. After a welcoming chorus of pride filled student voices we enjoyed a light breakfast before the beginning of a long day with the varied ages of students. Nate, Thomas, Kate, Cam and I decided to embrace the challenge of the Year 1s/2s, where we merged in with the students by reading them books and playing memory games with them, during which more people came and joined our large class. Sami and I tried to explain to the kids how to sing some English songs but resulted in an embarrassing duet of The Wheels On The Bus when we realised we were the only ones singing.
Nate/Grace - Throughout the day we were able to experience the way the children learned through different songs and dances allowing the younger children to express their excitement and energy towards us. Even this form of exercise wasn’t enough to dull the excitement of the students. The promising ring of the bell hoped to relieve most of us of our clinging mass of children hanging from our necks, arms and legs, the thought of sitting down and relaxing under a tree in the warm sun was the best thought after hours with the children but through the duration of recess multiple games of rugby, soccer and running races were on a never ending loop. Even from the lack of rest our enjoyment never faded and boredom was considered extinct with children like these.
Nate - After lunch there were many sad children as they thought of our departure as a good-bye forever. Attempting to reassure them that we would be back tomorrow, we waded through the dense swarm of children as they tried to anchor us on the school grounds but when the sight of the vans and the consideration of A.C. over the hot glaring sun, our molasses-like walk turned into a slicing speed walk trying to part through the children and make a quick dash for the now heavenly considered vans.
Grace/Nate - When we arrived home the welcoming beds and cold showers greeted us and we gratefully accepted. Several chores to do around the house and fale but nothing that was too much for us to handle. After a long day of hard, tiring and slightly exasperating work, a warm dinner and wind down was the perfect form of medicine and one of the best endings to a pretty fulfilling day.
By Nate and Grace