[Week 02] 20170514 – 20170520
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
12 | SPORTS DAY AT HANGZHOU HUSHU SPECIAL SCHOOL 杭州市湖墅学校运动会
It was the 5th Annual Sports Day of Hushu special school and the 10 of us who are part of the TFI LEaRN programme (Temasek Foundation Int’l Leadership Enrichment and Regional Networking) went over and helped out with the facilitation of the school event. Hushu special school is a special school catered to students who are mentally challenged (you may find out more about the school here: http://www.hzshsxx.com/xxfb/hs_index.asp?R=.3126032)
We actually visited the school the day before to help out with the setting up of the event while 5 of us brought a group of upper grade students to Yunhe Square 运河广场 to spread awareness on the 3Rs.
On the actual day, we arrived early in the morning at 08:30 am. We were all still pretty sleepy but the children were already very energetic and very ready for the competitions! Like all other schools, we went through the morning assembly, listening to the China National Anthem while at attention. The nostalgic feel of JC, secondary & primary school all came back and I realised I really missed those great times (including singing the National Anthem, I’m serious xP)
Yes, he really goes around telling everyone that. The first time he saw me he went, “姐姐 (Sister) 你该减肥了 (You should slim down)。” I was D: I know I ate a lot in China but that was :O and someone was at the side laughing but he became Xiaojun’s victim as well HAHA. It’s so hilarious seeing him going around，“哥哥 (Brother) 你该减肥了。 老师 (Teacher)你该减肥了。阿姨 (Aunty)你该减肥了。” xD
I was initially helping out at the starting line with Gio but after lunch I took over Jing Ren’s role and snap photographs of the students. It was sooo fun~ and I enjoyed editing the them after that haha
I got tired after walking under the sun for a long while and decided to join and mingle with the students and staff in the tent. Gio and Daniel came along for the shelter as well HAHA.
In the tent, we spoke to the students and some of the staff. They were very curious of Singapore and our education system since they were impressed by our fluent Mandarin xD and the three of us told them our schooling stories and also gave them tips on how to be bilingual.
So I taught him how to use the camera and tried my best to satisfy his thirst of knowledge for the camera. He was marveled at everything I told him and that was interesting. This is the reason why I love to interact with young children. They are so curious and imaginative.
The entire sports day lasted until 3pm in the afternoon and all of us were tired after the whole day. We ended the event with a volunteer group photo.
Photo credits: Jing Ren and I