Week 7 – Moon Festival & Class Party!

During this week the learners dedicated most of their time to the upcoming Moon Festival. The Vietnamese teachers took over and put together a wonderful show, including every learner at the school.

The festival was on Friday, and as it drew nearer so did the opportunity for a class party.

I reward the learners with a ‘letter’ for good behavior, everyone completing their homework, if they receive praise from another teacher etc. The aim is to achieve 6 letters: L, E, K, K, E and R. Together this spells ‘Lekker’ which is an Afrikaans (language spoken in South Africa) word which, when translated, means ‘sweet’. This would be the first one of the year as it took a long time for the learners to receive letters. Finally, on Thursday, the learners achieved the final letter to achieve a class party; and who should be the one to achieve the last letter? Our very own, Steven…

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Before we could get to this party though, the learners had to perform their act at the Moon Festival; and what an act it was…

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As all the learners piled in to the MSHS cafeteria, the anticipation of the performance increased (and for good reason). First up, the guitarists…

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Followed by the rest of grade 5…

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Once every learner had had a chance to perform, it was time to go outside for a performance from an outside organization. It began with them banging on the drums…

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Followed by more banging on the drums…

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After the echo of the drums had died down, it was time for the dragon dance. Parents, teachers and learners all watched in amazement…

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As the act went on, more and more learners wanted to get front row seats to the action…

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Everyone was excited and cheering for the dragons. When they came close to the crowd, learners were jumping up just to try and get a feel of them (some successful, some not so much).

After the dragon dance, it was time to return to class. I rushed over in an attempt to setup the party before my learners got there. The learners – being more excited than I was – rushed over behind me leaving me absolutely no time to prepare.

 

I promised the learners pizza, KFC, chips, sweets, biscuits and cold drinks. I had everything except for the pizza and KFC. I ordered the 2 at the exact same time, and – with perfect timing from both restaurants – they arrived exactly at lunch time.

The learners ate, ate and ate some more. Everyone was free to do as they pleased. Some of the learners had brought their laptops and chose to play computer games. I put some more music videos on the projector and some of the learners decided to dance; and some of the learners were very content to simply read at their desks. Either way, it was a very successful party and the learners seemed to really enjoy themselves.

And that was Week 7… Next up, Week 8!

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