Today Group 1 completed the second day of the community service element. The students worked together to move cement pillars using bamboo and rope, which was exhausting work. After a delicious homemade lunch of traditional food, the students worked in teams of three to place the pillars into the ground so they were in a straight line. They attached the fencing and hammered in the nails to successfully complete our section of the community service project.
As the local children finished school, the DCIS students entertained them with a variety of games and activities they had planned on the night before. The pupils were thrilled to play games while learning English vocabulary. Our students found this an incredibly humbling and rewarding experience.
To round off a truly successful day, the students enjoyed a delicious dinner while watching a puppet show.
Year 10 Teacher
Our activity group was lucky enough to come across a procession celebrating the initiation of a young Buddhist monk; this spectacle consisted in a long line of the initiate's family and friends dressed in their colourful traditional dress to celebrate the milestone. The procession included live music and a range of highly decorated animals, including cows, horse drawn carriages and an elephant! Our morning at the Bagan Language School was extremely productive and our students valued the opportunity to culturally engage with local English language students.
Upon our evening reflection, Dover Court students commented on how impressed they were with the local students' attitudes to education and that the exchange had made them consider their own approaches to learning. The afternoon was spent studying local crafts and provided pupils with the opportunity to practise their own basket weaving skills! We were lucky enough to catch a truly spectacular sunset over the pagodas before heading to dinner with a live musical performance and a traditional puppet show.
Year 10 Teacher