Shakespare, salt and Sunday school

Trip Start May 21, 2007
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Trip End Jun 05, 2014


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Friday, August 31, 2007

First of all I can't believe I've just typed in the 31/08/07 in the date field. I don't know where August has gone to and it also means I only have 1 complete month left - but to be fair I'm here for nearly all of October as well so it's all good. The internet has been down for a few days and it has been raining a lot this week. Hopefully the sun will be back out in its rightful place asap!
 
School started back on Wednesday for a brand new term. It wasn't the best start - electric was off, there was heavy rain and Nayani and I went on a wild goose chase looking for bread for the children's breakfast. Not a single loaf was to be found in any of the 20 bread shops in the area. Everyone must have been recovering from their Poya celebrations the night before. All ended well due to improvisation so didn't worry they all still fed. There has been a very poor attendance at the Preschool since Wednesday, averaging around 20 per day. Usually when it rains there are less kids but it's also still school holidays so if older brothers and sisters are off, then it may be harder to get the younger ones out of the house.  It's been a while since they have been in their normal classes because of the holidays and practicing for the sports day, so it's been good to get back into the swing of things. The Wednesday afterschoolers spent their time perfecting their acting skills. It wasn't quite Shakespeare! They acted out things like doctors, dentists, and fisherman. All very entertaining and everyone had a go.
 
Last night it was our turn to host the pot luck dinner. We knew it was only going to be a small group beforehand as there were a lot of ones who were away. Even with a small number, it was a good night and as always the food was great!
 
Today was my first day back to teaching the afterschoolers as yesterday I was still trying to sort out my card fraud. They were learning when to use his/her and he/she. Also did a comprehension with them were they had to pick out the answers from a paragraph I wrote. Friday's class is definitely my favourite as you can do so much more with them as they have very good English knowledge. Next week I'm going to attempt past, present and future tense with them! Preschoolers made paper mache plates today. I had my first, and probably last, artistic idea of making them into fruit bowls by making different pieces of fruit. I think the teachers were even taken back at this suggestion because they know when it comes to craftwork, they'd be better off asking a cow that wonders down the road than me.
 
After school today we all headed to the Salt Corporation. Salt making is one of the main industries in Hambantota so we were able to see if been cleaned, crushed and packaged. Unfortunately no photos were allowed-they must have a lot of secrets! With my limited knowledge, I think they are all still safe although I did learn they add iodine as people here are deficient here. However maybe they add it to salt the world over!
 
We've also been recruited as the newest Sunday school teachers in Hambantota starting Sunday bright and early at 830am.
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