What better way to spend the last day of school than taking a day away doing something different! For us, we organised our own Science party. We have loads of fun and play with our friends and 16 students from a Myanmar learning centre. Even before the party, we prepped the kids for the D-day. The Myanmar students prepared for their performances and posters on their homeland. My boys planned the experiments and science activities with their daddy. It surely felt good that mummy could delegate all the 'work' and start to fret as the Day got closer.....
BEFORE 'Ice-Breaker Games' they were sitting together in their own groups.... most of them were very shy cos they're really not used to mixing around in this manner.
"Rock Paper Scissors Ice-Breaker"
Even a simple, simple game like this could go beyond language and culture and bring all these kids from different backgrounds together.
I've prepared spaghetti bolognese and some dessert for lunch. It's a first for some of the Myanmar students and it really took them a long time to get used to the meaty bolognese sauce. Lun Kang, one of the students, even prepared a Myanmar delicacy to share with us - the 'Tea Leaf Salad' - it's made with fermented tea leaves from Myanmar and mixed with tomatoes, beans, nuts and peas, shallots and garlic - like a salad of pickled tea leaves.
We have a good variety of performance - singing and dancing from the young to older kids, some were jolly sporting to perform on the spot.
Lu Lun, a Myanmar student presented us with the 'Zomi' traditional costume. Each ethnic group and sub-group has their own traditional costumes, along with own languages and culture, so it's a 'rojak' mix of people in Myanmar.
Younger boys were so fascinated with the waveboard. Amazingly, a few of them could pick up the skill so fast. It opened my eyes to see that they may not have that much opportunities like our kids, but their drive to learn surely surpassed many of our local kids here.
Older boys went straight to the football field and have a BLAST.
The girls were not left out as they have their own crafting activity, the Rainbow Loom, with our special invited coach, Chloe Wong. :)
Priceless Smiles!! Almost moved me to do another round of Party!!! Hopefully, it would leave the kids with fun, happy memories of their experience that they would take with them when they go.
Some interesting information about Myanmar in a nutshell...