Members of KS2 pupils and staff, including some Primary School Council members, had another very successful visit to SOS Children's Village on Saturday 27th February. Our visit started with some heavy lifting as we unloaded half of the shoe boxes donated by pupils and parents, as well as bags of rice, bottles of cooking oil, boxes of noodles and many pairs of new boots for the children. Ms Ngoc from the Village expressed her gratitude to everyone who donated. These gifts will really help the mothers and children at SOS, as well as bringing some extra joy through the gifts.
But onto the main activity of the day … a very lively game of T-ball, Mr Adams and Mr Wild split up into teams with a mix of BIS children and SOS children in each team. Let’s just say for Mr Wild’s sake, it was a good job that Mr Kevin turned up too! The teams worked well together, the batting team cheering madly for each person running, and the fielding team working together to try and get their opponents out. It was fast, furious and a lot of fun.
The smiles, laughter, cheers and even groans as team members were caught out all showed what a fun time everyone had. As I watched from the side lines, it was really delightful to watch the children chat together, tentatively at first then a lot more confidently. Friendships were made that day through the shared joy of sport and exercise. Some girls moved to the side but enjoyed climbing trees together. To me it showed how sport is so important for bringing people together, even if we didn't all speak the same language. It didn't matter where we lived or what school we went to, we gathered together and had a lot of fun.
So watch this space for more information. My hope is to include more BIS children and staff next time when SOS and BIS get together. We hope more of our children can join in the fun and laughter with new friends.
Caroline Elliott - Key Stage 2 Teacher