she is a wombat. she is supposed to be a herbivore. this marsupial is currently 13. she studies in nanyang girl's high.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
It was the first day of the camp. The P5 pupils were unable to contain their excitement, hence, they started to get noisy from the time they were at the basketball court in the school in the morning. I had a hard time getting them quiet so that the P4s could concentrate on their silent reading. Soon after assembly, the trainers from Innotrek came and they gave some briefing and grouped the children up. Buses came and the children got on excitedly. I went off to fetch the HCI and NYGH big brothers and sisters. They were a fantastic lot. I had a short briefing on the bus so that the camp helpers knew more about NYPS children whom they would see for the next two days.
Upon reaching the camp, the children were assembled at the canteen where they would be having the breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper for the next three days. You could easily feel the anticipation in the children as all they could do was talk. The camp chief of Innotrek and I had a hard time keeping them quiet so that they could take our instructions. After what seemed a long time, the pupils were then brought to their A-huts for boys and dormitories for the girls. Some were happy as they got to sleep with their good friends, some were unhappy. Whatever the happiness or unhappiness, they seemed to get by and got on with the activities.
Objective setting was the first task assigned and the children were to set their team objective for the camp. Then came the lunch when the children had filled up their stomachs with rice, vegetables, chicken wings, fish cakes and wedges of oranges. Wthout much delay after lunch, the teams took turns to do two of the few activities like Hangout, Abseiling, Challenge Valley, Team Building, Rock Climbing, Backwoodsman Cooking etc. This was the first time for most of the pupils to try out high-elements activities. It was a great experience for the pupils, but our 'poor' teachers and camp helpers had to stand in the sun to see to the safety of the pupils. No sunblock or UV lotion was enough to get those harmful rays off the skin of the teachers.
Time flew off when the children had much fun trying out new things. Dinner came. Fish, vegetables, fried wantons, rice and slices of apples were served. Some of the children tried to skip their fruit intake, but teachers wanted them to eat them up for some fibre intake. Soon the children had their shower and song session before they were in for a night's out. Walking under the stars blindfolded with a friend behind was quite a feat. The children were to use their listening skills to listen to sounds so as to find their way around without the help of their eyes was truly a difficult thing to do. Some broke off from their lines, some held on to each other's hands with their 'dear lives'. They managed and succeeded in completing the activity.
After a debrief by the camp chief and our camp commandant, Mr Numa, the children got to have their supper of milo and biscuits. They then rushed back to their sleeping places and I would have guessed that some would be too excited to sleep, while some were 'knocked out' after a day's fun.
A recount by Mdm Serene Leong @ 11.33 p.m. on the special starry night