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English Lessons

Our English classes continue to be very popular with students of all ages, with all of our classes full. Even our youngest members enjoy their speaking practice! The Khmer and English languages are about as different as you can get and getting your head and tongue around some of the alien sounds can be really difficult. We are putting extra emphasis on pronunciation with our youngest groups to get them in the habit early. Our teachers have also been learning some different techniques to try with their classes to keep them interested. It is a testament to our brilliant teachers that the children continue to arrive for their classes even in the torrential rain!

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Rikreay Chhnam Thmei

Happy Khmer New Year!! The staff are having a well earned holiday after a fantastic term with our lovely students. We closed up with our regular new year party with lots of games and performances. Our younger children got really involved this year and bravely performed 2 dances and a fashion show. It was very sweet. Looking forward to seeing everyone back next term.

 

Silly Putty

As we know how much our students like to make a mess we thought we’d try them on making some (basic) silly putty. We used a mix of colouring, glue and talcum powder, worked together for some time until it creates a putty. It lasts a few days if wrapped up after use. The children loved making it. It is very tactile as it has to be worked in the hands until it is not too sticky nor too dry. Then they had great fun making models with it and playing around. It is great to give them something they can take home and enjoy too.

 

Beaching

All of our students have been performing really well recently, both academically and in their attitudes to school and team work. For this reason we decided to treat them with a trip to the beach to reward all their hard work. The staff along with our regular helpers gathered them together for a day in the sun. We did lots of swimming and sand castle building along with a shell collection (we will be using these in some of our murals). Lots of our younger school members (who have been doing incredible things with teacher Kolab recently) got to come along too and absolutely loved being able to play in the water. Many of the older ones who had attending our recent swimming classes were also able to put into practice what they had learned. A really great day!

 
 

A Very Happy Christmas!

We would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas from all of us here at the center. We had a wonderful party yesterday with lots of dances and games. The students had a really good time and many of their family members came to join in the fun too. We have had a fantastic year and feel very lucky to be part of such an amazing place. None of it would be possible without the overwhelming support we receive from you all. Best wishes to everyone and here is to a new year full of happiness!

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2017 in 2017

 

Swimming Lessons

Learning to swim is a joy for many children and one which lots of us take for granted. It is sometimes hard to believe (especially living in a coastal city) the number of children and adults who are unable to swim here and the number of deaths due to drowning because of this.

We have been lucky enough to address this issue with our children thanks to the help of the YMCA (Australia), who sent a team of volunteer swimming teachers/lifeguards over to teach local children this vital skill. They had huge success with the programme last year and are hoping to make it a regular trip. We joined a few other schools sending 30 children along for the classes. The classes lasted one hour and ran for a week.

The children learned about safety in the water, how to help someone in trouble and many other valuable lessons along with the main aim of being able to float! Our kids did great, many of them picking it up really quickly! They also had great fun doing it! We feel very lucky we were able to take part in this initiative and send a huge thank you to everyone who helped to organize and run it!

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2017 in 2017

 

Murals, Masks and Mayhem

We have been getting creative at the center recently doing lots of art and craft. Some of the most fun activities have been paper mache masks and a new mural in one of our classrooms made from broken and unused jewellery which had been kindly donated to the center.

The paper mashe was very messy and the kids loved getting their hands dirty trying to mould their balloons. They took a few days to dry and were then ready to paint. They looked great!

Our mural is still to be completed. So far we have painted flowers onto the wall and filled them with pained bits of jewellery. We plan to collect lots of shells and other found objects to add in, filling the space completely. It is great to get all the kids involved in something that is part of their classroom so they can really feel a part of it.

On a sadder note one of our lovely teachers Nai has decided she will be leaving us. She is expecting her third child and there is no one else at home that can help to take care of them in the day time. She will only be down the road however so we expect to see her often and at all our parties. She has been a truly wonderful member of our team and we love her dearly. To see her off we had a small party and made all the children a special curry to have all together. There were so many kids it was quite chaotic but all of the older children helped with the serving of the food and tiding. It was lots of fun!

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2017 in 2017