In the early hours of this morning, it was agreed to get up and watch the beautiful sunrise across the Himalayan mountains. However, some of us appreciated the extra hour in bed while others woke up, saw it was bright and just assumed the sun had risen and returned to bed. Maria and Finbar were the only successful students to actually see the sunrise– the picture was good enough for me!
We packed up all our belongings, had a quick breakfast and set off in our taxis to Kaplani High School. I’ve never been more excited and nervous at the same time. School started with assembly which was lead by the children of all ages. The children all stood in strict rows and sang their national anthem, prayed and discussed daily news.
Once assembly was over we split up into our teams ready to teach the pupils a selection of dances. The plan of action involved each team teaching a class their chosen dance. These involved; A Gum Boot rhythmic South African dance, a mirror dance based on Moana, a German folk dance and jump–style and Katie and Grainne had used hundreds of elastic bands to complete some French skipping with the pupils.
We then rotated around each class to ensure every pupil had the opportunity to learn all five dances. Then, all the classes would come together and perform their learned routines altogether.The whole thing came together really well and the happiness and joy seen in the children’s faces made this a rewarding experience.
Myself, Erin and Laura were teaching the jump–style dance which in my opinion was a favourite of many of the pupils as during their final performance as a whole school they asked to do it again! And again!
We got the opportunity to observe the pupils receiving their mid day meal which was a really valuable experience as it allowed us to clearly see how our fundraising money is being used. The pupils washed their hands, received their metal plate and got a large portion of rice and Dahl. I’ve never seen any child eat as quickly in my life– needless to say, no food was left at all!
Then, we were supposed to set off on a trek in the mountains and take in the amazing views. However, the heavens opened and extreme thunder and lightening prevented us from setting off. Instead we returned to the hotel to eat our packed lunch which we had prepared for the trek. We were absolutely drenched and freezing (something I thought I would never say in India). Thankfully, Katie, Catherine, Maria and Aisling saved the day by providing us all the cup a soups, noodles and mug shots to warm us all up– I’ve never been happier!
Finally, we set off in our taxis to head down to Dehradun. We had time this evening to prepare our lessons in our teaching teams ready for SNEHA tomorrow! Can’t wait to get into the school and start teaching.
Sarah Miller, Stranmillis UniversityPosted in College Team 2019
on Tuesday 9 April 2019