Last day at SNEHA!
It was an emotional start to the day when we realised it was our last day to ride on the Vikrams and that we would be saying our last goodbyes to our SNEHA students. Apart from that, excitement was in the air as we were going to watch the brilliant performances the students had produced in the last three days… which was a lot better than our ‘Reach for the Stars’ performance. We were introduced to three different kinds of dance, each equally as amazing as the other, especially the one performed by the nursery students. Then it was our turn to give our rendition of the S Club 7 classic. The fun and laughter we had while rehearsing the song and dance routine was a welcome change from our daily lesson planning.
We then jumped back into our regular classes to get ready for our final performances. The students in Classes 1–3 were getting the opportunity to show off what they had learned with us during the week. The classes leading up to the performances were quite stressful as we realised the children were nervous about speaking in English in front of their peers and teachers. We felt quite anxious for the children too, as this was their big moment to shine. However, once we ran through it a couple of times with them we realised they would be great and we were all so proud of them!!
When the time finally came for the big show, the students were flawless! They gave it their all and we felt like proud parents. Then the moment we had all been dreading finally came about, where we had to go to the children’s classrooms and say our final goodbyes. The children were delighted with the reward stickers we gave them and we were equally delighted to get some photographs with them. We will never forget our time in SNEHA.
We then headed back to the hotel to finish packing up, and to get ready for the long and windy journey up to the mountain town of Mussoorie. We headed off at 3:30pm, with 7 people in each car with luggage strapped to the roof for that extra ‘Himalaya Explorer’ look. However, travel sickness was at the back of our minds during the trip, as the views travelling up the mountain were just breath–taking. We realised how beautiful Dehradun, and its surrounding countryside, really is. We finally reached the hotel, and we were not disappointed by the views from here as well and how much it contrasted with what we had seen in the city.
We had our usual Indian dinner of butter chicken, paneer curry and naan bread which we were all really looking forward to. After some ‘chill’ time, we began our lesson plans for our first day at Kaplani High School and even though we were all exhausted, it was still exciting to be doing something new with our new classes. The teachers were merciful enough to let us have an early–ish night and we all ran to our beds for a well–earned sleep!
Kristen & JackPosted in Lurgan & Holywood Team 2018
on Friday 6 July 2018