It poured with rain on Saturday 10th October but that did not dampen the spirits of the children or adults who visited SOS Children’s Village in Mai Dich, Hanoi. Our team consisted of a mixture of KS2 children, some of their parents and a number of teachers and teaching assistants. We really did not know what to expect but were still excited about this first meeting of some of the children who live in the Village.
About 25 children awaited us and we soon got started. Art was the activity of the day - first of all looking at patterns and pictures created by Andy Goldsworthy, an artist who uses natural resources he finds to create beautiful images.
The children, both from BIS and the Village, sat side by side drawing. Some copied the images they saw, others creating their own ideas. At first the children were quiet with each other but as time went on a few more conversations happened, with BIS children also acting as translators.
Soon the rain stopped which meant we could get outside to actually use natural resources to create our own patterns. Sand, leaves, grass, flowers – it did not take long for the children to start running around the gardens to see what they could find and make into a picture or pattern.
It was a very meaningful trip as we got to know some of the children living in SOS Children’s Village, and we also found out a bit more about what they might need. Hopefully in the future more Primary children can visit and meet the SOS children. It will also be good as a school community to find the best ways to support the work of the Village. Keep an eye open for more information about this in the future.
Year 4 Teacher