Primary and Secondary adopted a day of going 'back to basics'. At its essence was the concept of stripping the school day bare; removing some of those aspects that we all take for granted. The main aim was to experience and empathise with those children around the world who aren’t as lucky and perhaps do not have the privileges and opportunities that we possess here.
The Secondary day began with a very early start! Over 50 students and members of staff met at the Sofitel Hotel on Guangzhou Dadao Bei at 5:15am. The Sofitel were good enough to allow us to use their site as a starting point for what would be a long, arduous and sleepy walk to school. The students however remained in extremely high spirits throughout, and it was so positive to see so many of them wanting to be involved. Lo and behold, after a fairly fast pace, we all made it to school two hours later, ready for a full day!
However, it would be a full day with a difference…no technology! All teachers and students were banned from using technology around the school in order to appreciate how so many people around the world do not have the luxury of relying on this. No Macs, PPT presentations, phones or iPads! Believe it or not, our students did survive the hardship and it began to register that actually, we are lucky and should appreciate what we have.
This appreciation stemmed further when it was time for lunch, as over 180 Secondary students and staff opted for a rice only lunch. Yes, it certainly wasn’t the most exciting midday meal, yet it was quite humbling. Even more so, as just under 30 RMB was raised for the Oxfam cause for every person who signed up.
Primary students also joine in, taking on the rice activity and a day without technology, as well as completing their own slightly shorter walk.
More information about what we achieved for the campaign, including total amount raised, will feature in the upcoming newsletter.
Reported by Aidan Edmanson (Assistant Head of Secondary)