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Students Reflection on Volunteering in the Community

04 June 2014

Student Responding to Students (SRS) is a programme that our secondary students are involved in that provides extra-curricular activities in a local Chinese migrant school. Three of our Year 12 students tell us more about the programme and what it means to them and the other students involved.

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Rachel Shin, Christine Seok and Iqah Effendy with their little buddies at the Xiu Long Migrant School

Every Tuesday we, along with other students in our school, visit Qingpu Xiu Long Migrant School to support the programme by being a big brother and/or sister.

We found that students in migrant schools spend most of their time studying, lacking a time with their parents due to their long-working hours and therefore are in need of programmes outside their normal academic classes.

As a big brother and/or sister, we read storybooks written in English and Chinese that we later discuss, looking at the main themes such as sympathy, empathy and compassion. During extra time, we also do sports activities with our little buddies including badminton, ping-pong, basketball and rope jumping to strengthen the bonds between us.

We personally find this experience worthwhile and meaningful as we are contributing to the problems of educational inequalities faced by migrant students and we are improving their self-confidence to gain knowledge.  Also, it is a rewarding experience in that we can improve our Chinese skills and build up relationships with our little buddies.

We are looking forward to the rest of our time with them and are really glad to have this great chance to participate in such a meaningful and valuable activity.

We are also very proud and pleased to have just been awarded an ACAMIS Service Learning Grant for US$1,000 to allow us to continue our work with the Qingpu Xiu Long Migrant School next year. We are setting up a student-led ECA to work with these school students and provide after school activities for them. We would like to recommend you not to hesitate and join in as well!

Finally, SRS are running a summer camp on our school campus this year and are looking for student and parent volunteers. If you’d be interested in giving some of your time between 7 – 11 July, you can find out more from the organisers, Sarah Cheng (sarahlncheng@gmail.com) and Stephanie Rudyk (stephanie.rudyk@gmail.com) and the application form can be downloaded below.

- Rachel Shin, Christine Seok, Iqah Effendy, Year 12 students

Some of the other students who are involved in the project described the experience…

“It is an enjoyment to see these kids, every time I see them they all have a huge smile on their faces.  They have respect for one another – I love my buddies!”  - Yvonne Huang 9S

“I think being a part of SRS has been a great privilege and it’s been fun and refreshing to spend time with these children.  It was a wonderful experience that I am glad I chose to take part in.  The kids are a delight.”  - Meagan Tan 10B

“Tuesdays, the day that I make a kid smile.” - Kirsty Tytherleigh 10B

“The kids look so happy and it was nice to be with them.  My buddy was never shy and this is a unique opportunity to see more of our world.”  - Jason Tang 10U

“It was a very exciting experience as I get to spend time with my little buddies.  Every Tuesday, I look forward to seeing my little buddies.  It is really fun and I hope more people are able to join this programme. “ - Iqah Effendy 12P