This trip we have hired bicycles to get to and from school. It takes about 20 minutes to get there from where we are staying. Although it’s not too far away, the morning sun makes it very hot, however there are always many weird and wonderful things to see to take our minds off the heat. Here are some of them…
Well it’s been an action packed few days at FKC! We would have updated earlier but the wifi over here is a little slow or sometimes not very good at all, but it seems to be okay now.
It has been really hot in Siem Reap, so hot that just sitting in the classroom makes causes you to sweat. Playing games and walking around makes you dripping wet! Which is very different to back home, we hear it’s windy and raining!
On Thours day we handed out the toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap and taught some lessons on how to use them. Mr Payne helped Miss Waldron in the big kids classes, whilst Miss Phillips and I sang songs with the little kids.
The students were so excited to receive your gifts and so too were the teachers. Smiles were spread from ear to ear! So, if you donated, you should be very happy to know your gifts were very much appreciated!!!!
Check out these photos on just it all went down… More photos to come!
Yesterday was another wonderful day at FKC. We headed out to the school bright and early, riding our bikes along the local traffic on National Road 6. This is the main road that leads in and out of Siem Reap. It is filled with people on push bikes and motorbikes and others driving tuk-tuks, trucks and the occasional car.
After arriving at FKC we began the day with morning assembly and then worked with the students in their classrooms for the first 3 hours of the day. During this time we taught many different things, such as about fruit, kitchen items and animals. They did a great job learning lots of new words.
At 1:30pm we took off for the village school. We drove in the back of a ute, with Mr Payne in the front with the schools director (principal.) We drove 30 minutes to the village, passing smaller neighbourhoods until we reached a more remote place. driving into the village was like driving into the jungle, until we started to see wooden houses and shops and smiling faces poking out from them.
When we got to the school we were greeted by over 150 children, who hop to attend the school when it opens in August. Sadly there is only space for 120. The students we’re very friendly, smiling and saying hello how are you? Despite not speaking very much English and us knowing very little Khmer, we communicated through hand gestures and drawings.
After talking with the students and taking a quick look around the school building and grounds, we gave the parents of the students some of the toothbrushes and toothpastes so generously donated by the LPS community. The smiles on their faces said it all, 1, 2, 3 LPS Rock!
We had a great first day at FKC! We arrived at school at 7:15, ready for the bell to ring at 7:30. The children began with a morning assembly and then headed off to class. Miss Waldron taught about countries, Miss Phillips about adverbs and I taught about pronouns. Mr Payne and Bronwyn visited all the rooms and took lots of photos. We stopped for a break at 11am and started again at 1pm.
Take a look below for some photos from our day. Keep looking though because tomorrow we head to the village where the school we’ve helped build is nearly complete!
FUTURE FOR KHMER CHILDREN SCHOOL
FKC OFFICE BUILDING AND PLAYGROUND
MISS PHILLIPS AND MISS WALDRON PLAYING BALL WITH THE YOUNGEST STUDENTS
We woke up this morning wanting to explore Siem Reap, our first thought was to borrow push bikes, but then we found a better idea…
Hi everyone! Sorry for the delay, but we have had some Internet problems.
Yes, we are here! It is hot and humid, around 30 degrees, which is very different to Melbourne at the moment, we hear it is raining…
Tomorrow we start at the school, which we are all looking forward too. Today we might borrow a bike and take a ride around the town. So keep an eye out for photos.