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Pen Palls

The Goodwill children are now in contact with Nymboida Public School, New South Wales, Austrailia!

Reading the postcards.

Reading the postcards.

Toni, the centers previous manager has set up the link (Nymboida being her home town) and had each school special postcards printed out for the children to write on. We have already received our first package of pictures and postcards from Nymboida and the children hear thought it was brilliant. They were very impressed with the drawings and interested to here from the children who had drawn them.

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We then began the task of answering back. The pictures were straight forward enough and we included some samples of the Khmer alphabet and numbers for the children to see the difference. The letters were a little bit more of a battle due to translations. Our adult classes worked together to translate the postcards to Khmer, these were passed on to our daytime teachers who got their classes to write responses (again in Khmer). This sometimes had to be done in pairs as some of our students written Khmer is not strong. These were then handed back to the adult classes for further translations before being put onto the postcards. It was great to have a project that could involve all of our students and challenge them all in different ways.

We look forward to hearing from our new friends again.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2013 in 2013

 

Music Classes

The making of a musician.

The making of a musician.

This week we started music classes with M’lop Tapang  who have been kind enough to take on a group of our students. While lessons are free, up until now we have had no form of transportation to take our children there, but with a very generous donation from James and Chloe (supporters of the center) this cost has now been covered. It is a brilliant opportunity for the students who have never had a chance to learn music before or in most their cases even touch an instrument.

Drums were very popular.

Lots of concentration.

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The aim is to make a band with each child eventually focusing on one instrument (and one singer). When they are ready they will get to perform at the M’lop Tapang concerts in front of lots of people and get feel like real rock stars.

M’lop Tapang teachers watching on.

The teachers at MT are lovely, very patient and extremely talented. The children looked really inspired listening to some of the staff play. For the time we were there I have honestly never seen the children look so involved in a lesson, they were transfixed. It was fantastic to see.

Learning some scales.

Obviously it is going to be hard work for the children, but they are all determined to put their time into it. Music is such a brilliant outlet to express yourself through and one so new to the children that we are all really excited to see what they come up with.

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2013 in 2013