Children throughout Key Stage 2 have been learning about the category 5 cyclone that tragically hit Fiji in February, taking many lives and leaving the country devastated. As part of our current topic, Active Planet, the children of Year 3 have been particularly focusing on this recent natural disaster with the aim of creating our own Charity Appeals to raise money to help those affected. We have been doing extensive research through news articles and analysing photographs of the event to give us a better understanding of the short and long term effects this kind of natural disaster can have on a nation. We have then discussed what solutions there might be to help solve these issues and have begun to put together Charity Appeal videos to raise awareness.
It was therefore wonderful to have the Fijian Ambassador speak to us about how it has affected people from his country and particularly how this will continue to affect people in Fiji for many years to come.
The assembly began with our very own, Sisi Kanakatakata, who introduced the Ambassador of her country to us in a most professional and confident manner. We then listened intently, learning about the beauty of Fiji, the devastating effects of the cyclone and now what is being done to bring the bula smile back to the faces of the people of Fiji. We were left with the words of Year 3’s Zac Powell who reminded us that no matter what, we must keep smiling!
Despite the difficult issue of a country in urgent need, we all left the assembly feeling positive and empowered to help make a difference. Already, the school has raised money towards the appeal by collecting money on the Book Character Dress-up Day and the school will continue to raise money to help Fiji return to its original state. We thank the Ambassador teaching us how to bula smile, the Fijian way!
By Kirsty McCarra