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Saturday 7 July 2018

Today we had another early morning, waking up to get ready to go and enjoy our first day at Kaplani High school. We set off in our cars to travel to the school from our hotel. We left around 8 o’clock, and arrived about half an hour later, which is the longest of all of our travelling to the schools yet. We arrived at a very different environment than in SNEHA. Kaplani is a much smaller school – only 100 pupils and fewer classes. Another big change is that it is a high school; we are working with pupils from class 6 to class 10 a contrast to the Class 1 to 3 set up in Sneha.

Walking into Kaplani, we saw all the pupils were lined up for assembly, with the senior students, including the head girl and boy, leading the assembly. First, everyone completed drills to make sure everyone was paying attention during assembly. The rest of the service consisted of daily news, the Indian national anthem and a quick speech from the principal. 

Welcome Assembly
Welcome Assembly

  

Once assembly was over, it was time for the pupils to begin lessons of the day. For some of us, we started getting to know our pupils in Period 1, for others, they had time to collect their thoughts and take in the beautiful scenery around the school. For Odhran, Ellie, Sophie, Matthew and I it was time to get prepared for our lesson in period two, which was with class nine. When we walked into the classroom in period two, there was an initial surprise of going into a class of older pupils. After we had introduced ourselves to the class we separated the class into smaller groups of 5 or 6. Our first lesson was the ‘getting to know you’ lesson which went really well; everyone came out of the class feeling buzzed and we knew that we would be seeing the class again in only one hour.

Hannah & Casey teaching Class 6
Hannah & Casey teaching Class 6
Aine doing Arts & Crafts
Aine doing Arts & Crafts

After our break, we went back to our class – in Kaplani we are with the same class for 3 periods in one day which was rewarding. Within our second class it was time for PE which was a fun time as we had thought of fantastic ideas to teach the children. We played games such as splat, popcorn and the direction game. This allowed the children to learn the different directions such as north, east, south and west.

Odhran & Ellie teaching PE
Odhran & Ellie teaching PE
Hasan & Kristen teaching Class 10
Hasan & Kristen teaching Class 10

After PE class it was time for the children’s Midday meal. We learned that Saphara pays for 150 pupils’ meals every single school day. This was a lovely experience for all of us as we got to see a lot of the Kaplani students in a more relaxed environment. We were able to talk to them for all of lunch time and we were able to play some games. All the boys from the Saphara team played rugby with the boys in the playground, and the girls from the team were dancing and playing too.

Matthew working with his group
Matthew working with his group

After lunch we had our first art lesson. My class we were making paper flowers. This was a great time as we got to interact with the students in a different way as we were used to having them sit and teach language whereas in this instance we were all being creative and talking too. Our art lesson was the last of the day so after it was over, we went back the hotel for some lunch. During the slower paced afternoon we enjoyed taking a walk around the town of Mussoorie to help us get used to the altitude. This is so that we can enjoy the trek to Donk primary school next week. The weather was amazing today so let’s hope it is like this next week.

Lauren and Aíne

Posted in Lurgan & Holywood Team 2018
on Saturday 7 July 2018