Poutasi, Samoa - School Days
Today was our first ‘school day’ at Falealili Secondary School. All the Kristin students were up and into action just after 6am (the church prayer bell had already awoken some of us at 5.45 am!!!). The teamwork and group skills were in evidence straight away and breakfast and the clean up of the Fale was done very efficiently. The short walk to school through the village with the stunning backdrop of the Pacific and the waves crashing onto the reef was certainly a very different experience for most and the monotony of Auckland traffic and the Albany Highway seemed like a distant memory!
The students were quickly buddied up with Falealili students and off to the various classes for the morning. Fortunately the temperature was reasonably cool and this made being in the classroom much easier. Mrs Newbold and Mr Ah Sam were pressed into service straight away, with a couple of staff members away, the school was short of teachers and despite being Art and Music teachers respectively, they both leapt into unplanned English classes! The Falealili students loved the approach of the Kristin staff and the interaction and willingness to take risks and collaborate brought a real touch of MYP to the classes!
At lunchtime the Kristin group returned to the Fale for lunch and then it was a quick change and into the vans for the short ride to Togitogiga Falls. These freshwater falls are a tourist highlight in the National Park and provided a really refreshing escape form the heat and humidity. There was also the added bonus of a high thrills leap from above the falls for those who dared and as you will see from the photos most of the students took the opportunity. Tomorrow will see students returning to school in the morning and then tomorrow evening the group will take part in a cultural show and dinner at the Sinalei Resort.