As the BIS staff and students rocked out Jingle Bells to the children of Thien Phuoc Foster Home, a young boy could contain his excitement no longer and with purposeful glee took to the dance floor! Mr Shane Gallagher joined him in a celebration of joy and together they set the scene for the annual Thien Phuoc Christmas party! Children, some in wheelchairs, others lying on their cots, beamed with happiness and keen anticipation of what was to come.
Piled high on one side of the room were over 75 Christmas gifts which had been bought and wrapped by the BIS Year 1 students. These gifts representing the many special friendships which have grown over the course of Term 1 as a group of children from Thien Phuoc have joined the BIS students every week for a playdate in the Soft Play Room of the Early Years and Infant Campus.
Shrieks of delight and a loud “Ho! Ho! Ho!” announced the arrival of Santa Claus who visited each of the children handing out the personalised Christmas gifts. As names were called and care givers excitedly pointed out the owners, the room soon filled with ripped wrapping paper, abandoned bows and an abundance of Christmas cheer!
We would like to give special thanks to the parents of the BIS Year 1 students for their generous response in organising the gifts and ensuring yet another great year of friendship and fun with the children of Thien Phuoc Foster Home!
Ms Tracey Brownrigg, Whole School Co-Curricular Coordinator
and Community Service Project Manager