We arrived to a warm welcome of smiling faces and a wonderful performance from the children. After emptying the bus of over 600 Giving Tree bags, we delivered them to their classrooms and presented them to their new owners. It was a lovely way to end what has been a huge whole school and community effort, led by the wonderful Miss Coong and her team.
“The school had no heating with open doors to the classrooms so I was surprised the migrant children stayed there all day. There were twice as many children in the classrooms as there are in our school. There was no technology in the classrooms either – only whiteboards for the teacher to write on. The children performed a series of songs, dances and played music on traditional Chinese instruments. It would be nice to fundraise to make their school environment better.” - Sho
“I feel blessed that I have things that others don’t have because of where they were born. Contributing to the Giving Tree helps others a lot. I felt happy because I knew that I was helping others and made them feel good.” - Ben
“The children have different lives, cultures and religions to us but they have similarities too. They have the same enthusiasm for learning.” - Rachel
“I was amazed to see that the children had so little supplies in their classrooms. Seeing them unpack their Giving Tree bags just made me happy because of their smiles. I feel selfish for having so much compared to them.” - Tara
By the Student Council Representatives
On Thursday the 30th of November, myself and other BISS Puxi students went to Suzhou with the students of the Giving Tree committee, the Primary Student Council and 610 Giving Tree bags. It took about an hour to get there and when we were pulling in we saw the Grade 1 students opening their bags and the smiles on their faces went from ear to ear. We then got off the bus and started to take out all the Giving Tree bags that our school community donated. We put them into class order and at that time the students had break time and all came running over- they were all so excited to open the bags! Once the bags were at the right classes we stood outside to watch a performance. The students had prepared a drum performance, dance and one student played a traditional Chinese instrument. We then sang Christmas carols to the students and teachers. After a few speeches we went to the classes and gave out the bags. All the students were laughing because we could not pronounce the names correctly and had to ask them for help. When all the kids had their bags we said our goodbyes and left. Going to the Giving Tree ceremony was an amazing opportunity because we got to see how other kids live and it taught us how lucky we are. The Giving Tree charity is an amazing charity and it supports so many kids.
Bertina Sum & Lucy Lu, Year 7 Student