It was a fantastic morning with the children. We split up into 3 teams: playing and arts & crafts with the kindergarten children as well as disabled children and football with the older ones. The Community Committee organised many interesting activities with each group, such as making bracelets, masks and playing with slime/playdough. The children were very welcoming and we were moved (both literally and figuratively) by their sheer energy and enthusiasm. Year 12 student Crystal describes her thoughts following the visit,
“One of the things that I remembered vividly from our time there was that they really love hugs and sitting on our laps. Although it was painful at times due to their excitement I thought it was a very cute way of showing their love to me. There was this adorable boy who stuck with me throughout the day. It all started when he came and asked me to fix his mask and from there we became best friends. It was sad when it was time to go but I told him that I will come back to see him soon. I am looking forward to our next meeting with the children again!”
Mr Alexander, who was one of the accompanying teachers on the trip also shares his thoughts,
“A moving, humbling morning at the orphanage but such a pleasure and reward to see some of the children’s wee smiles. Great fun was had! An honour to meet the wonderful, patient staff and such a valuable experience for our students.”
For next term’s visit on Saturday 16th June, the Community Committee will be organising more creative activities. If you're in Years 7-10 and are interested in joining us on our visit to Go Vap Orphanage please get in touch with the Community Committee or Ms Tang-Hales who would be delighted to provide further information.
Victoria Fethke (Year 12 student)
Community Committee - Vice Chair
Community Projects at BIS HCMC
The British International School, HCMC has a core commitment to the all-round development of each child. Through a range of planned community service and fundraising activities we provide appropriate opportunities for students of all ages to develop a respectful and caring sense of social responsibility towards other people and the environment on both a local and global scale.