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Global Awareness Weekend

Monday 9 July 2018

The last lie in of our trip began an interesting Sunday morning. We spent the early hours of the day preparing for The Happening later that morning. We all dug deep to gather our thoughts and process what we had seen and achieved throughout the last ten days. The challenging but rewarding task allowed us to transform these feelings into words and music which could be shared within the group.

Global Awareness Weekend
Global Awareness Weekend

As the Happening began it was clear that there was a range of emotions flowing through the now close–knit group: excitement, nerves and an overall sense of acceptance and support. We gathered at the garden and placed our chairs in a circle so all could be heard and seen. ‘The Happening’ consisted of us all reflecting on our experiences throughout the time we have spent with Saphara. Anything meaningful was acceptable which enabled everyone to express themselves in a way which showed exactly how they felt. The happening was a beautiful event with song, prayer, quotes, bible verses and heart–warming stories.

Karl, Dessie, Jack, Matthew and Hasan enjoying lunch in town
Karl, Dessie, Jack, Matthew and Hasan enjoying lunch in town
Kristen, Georgia, Hasan and Jack lesson planning
Kristen, Georgia, Hasan and Jack lesson planning

Afterwards, we gathered again to go into the town of Mussoorie where we went to an eye–catching restaurant which, I think, reminded us all of home. The western–style restaurant served a gorgeous menu whilst allowing us to all eat together as a group. The food was just stunning, even though there were a few questionable choices for lunch, like chocolate pancakes and French fries.     

Aine, Sophie, Ellie, Odhran and Matthew planning an Art lesson for school
Aine, Sophie, Ellie, Odhran and Matthew planning an Art lesson for school
James, Casey, Zara and Hannah planning for Class 6 at Kaplani
James, Casey, Zara and Hannah planning for Class 6 at Kaplani

After our meal out and our short shopping trip to the local stands, we headed home to plan lessons for our second day in Kaplani. Three periods had to be prepared to include art, science and English. For art, we decided on an interactive 3D flower project where all of the students made an individual flower. When they are finished they will be joined together to make a spectacular wall display. For science, we developed a lesson on the solar system, specifically the planets and the sun. Lastly, for our English lesson we decided on descriptive sentences and verbs.

Rebecca, Katie, Lauren and Dessie working hard on their lesson plans
Rebecca, Katie, Lauren and Dessie working hard on their lesson plans

Finally, we had the privilege to visit the local chapel and meet Father Joseph. He very kindly opened the chapel and allowed all of us to say a prayer and have a peaceful moment of contemplation in the silence in The Sacred Heart Church. Father Joseph was gracious enough to say a prayer for all of us students, the teachers and all those back at home.

An early night was needed by all to get ready for the busy day ahead.

Méabh

 

Posted in Lurgan & Holywood Team 2018
on Monday 9 July 2018