Hello from NHCC!
I returned to the village on Sunday and spent Monday with a focus on helping Ma Kathy and volunteers to prepare Santa’s workshop with gifts for all the kids. They were all so organised- it was an impressive well-oiled machine and I was seriously just in the way.
In the afternoon I went with Kathy and Director Many to go shopping for Christmas presents… BIKES! All 62 of them. Forgot to bring my camera unfortunately. So a total of 72 bikes will go to the older kids that had that top of their wish list. It will also help them get to the local school for morning classes.
Christmas is definitely coming
Tuesday to Friday I have been helping Teacher Rachel in her Grade 8 class… these are the kids I taught in Grade 7 this time last year. It’s such a beautiful feeling to walk into a classroom and pick up where you left off. We got straight into reading comprehension strategies and they responded so well. We’ve also done some shared poetry writing for Christmas and Rachel had them making these really cute snowflakes.
Tomorrow we will get the Wii consoles out and have a fun morning before the Christmas concert.
Grade 3 “I Feel” books
This afternoon all teachers and volunteers were invited to the Grade 3 classrooms so they could share their books about feelings. “I feel happy when…” “I feel sad when…” etc. They were so proud to share their feelings with us all. They are in great hands with Teacher Kimmy and Teacher Cassie (both in my fundraiser video)
Check out Watana reading his book below:
Watana reads his Feelings book
Fund a Teacher
We have 1day to go with the fundraiser. We have reached $4,300 which means from your generosity we have fully funded a teacher for a school year. If you were considering donating and haven’t yet…NHCC would love your support. Would love to see the final total as high as it can be!
Looking forward to a beautiful Christmas Day on Sunday (Santa is coming to Cambodia a day earlier this year).
Have a great day on Monday- wherever you may be!
In one hour (7am)… I’ll be over at the classroom starting the Grade Nine economics exam… their final one with me. Their last Khmer exam finishes at 10:30. Then they are DONE!
The photo above from last night is an individual pile for each student of the 4 exams marked by me: 2x English, 1x history, 1x geography, I’ll add their economics one later after I’ve marked them. The piles all have an individual note from me letting the students know how proud I am and how special they are.
I am just so proud of the work they have done, and look forward to meeting with them at 10:30 to give them all their papers back.
Enjoying my final playground nights catching up with so many of the kids… tonight is the last one!!
Tomorrow morning will be the graduation ceremonies and then I’m off to Vietnam with friends to celebrate some birthdays (maybe mine too).
Wish these guys well as the reach the end of exam week!
So here I am- back again at NHCC to see another school year finish, and the kids getting to demonstrate all the amazing things they have learnt for the year.
This time I am taking the 9th Grade class, which I am thrilled about. Whilst I didn’t know them all by name before- they are such familiar faces, as I am to them, that we just stepped right in and rolled our sleeves up on Monday- the last week before exams.
We have had just the best time these last 4 days. They could already tell me so much of WWI and the history of Cambodia, geographical information about their country and the region, and their reading and grammar skills are just so impressive. These kids, the whole school community, have come such a long way in their English development. But this class… they just wanna learn… even in the last week of school.
Meet the legends of Grade 9
They are so focussed, but we’ve had a lot of fun along the way! The Wii systems got a quick work out today… and we’ll give them a good go tomorrow to end the school year and get into exam mode.
Soccer for PE
Deborah is doing a great job in the library, I mentioned this lovely lady in my post earlier in the year. She has the library open after school each day this week for the students, the line has been out the door! I tutored students on a step around the corner demand was so high. Deb is such a tireless legend!
I’ll finish with some photos from the week… mostly taken by kids on the yard.
Again- it’s great to be back- helping the awesome teachers that make NHCC what it is.
Aussies- it’s the end of financial year. Need to get some tax deductible donations in? NHCC could always use your help. Now more than ever.
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