Special Watch

Thursday, March 08, 2007


Hi hi,
Skool kamp is almost over. Half a day more to go. Feeling tired, but I thought it was wonderful to leave the indoors and embrace the outdoors. Am roasted under the cruel sun but it felt great to be outdoors again.

Something of a great embarassment is how some t'chers behave. For eg, while the kidz are eating cabbages 2 meals a day for 3 days, the t'chers turned up their noses and ordered Mac etc, and eating in front of the kidz some more. Ah, how demoralizing it must have been for the kidz. The food was not that bad. But yet, adults are complaining louder than the kidz. Sigh.... where is exemplary leadership. And yet another eg, while the kidz are going all over with area cleaning or other activities, t'chers are either gossiping away or sleeping in the bunk. Yep, we tell the kidz they are not the only tired ones and no matter how tired they are, they still have to carry on with the activities. But where have all the t'chers gone? We were constantly reminded by the commandant that we need to be with them, although there are instructors to run the show. I admit at times I do feel redundant since instructors are there, but it is a good opportunity for us to gel with them and observe them. Sigh.... How convincing can we be if we are not walking the talk?

Okie, what have we done for the kamp? Kayaking (and against the current too); cycling (I was with this gal who had problems controlling the bike but she did not give up trying); orienteering at P Ubin (where my group of kidz led me on a wild goose chase going in the wrong direction and because I am a t'cher with integrity :P, I did not correct them until much later on, hoping they learn from their mistake); CIP at an eldercare (where my kidz did a good job in engaging the elderly in simple action songs and dances despite not preparing them in advance and they brought lots of laughter to elderly there), high elements (where I see the levels of concentration they exhibit when trying); and learning journeys in Kampung Glam and Little India (where a kid describe the fragrance of spices as 'maggi mee' smell). The kidz are not perfect. But they showed such co-operative behaviour and such enthusiasm that I was touched by them. :) But unfortunately, none of them are from my form klass. If not, I am sure I would have gotten to know my kidz even better and they know me a little better too.

And this kamp involved the entire skool. So, it was a feat that things can run rather well. There were minor hiccups but that is understandable for something as great a scale as this. And yes, I do love kamps.



  • Heya *SW,
    Thought'll drop in with a 'lil note.. Hope all's well/gettin' better at your end.

    SW, do make sure you get as much rest as you can - No over-exertion, and try to take it in stride, yea.

    U take care & Stay cool,
    Hugz of cheer, as always, minerva*

    By Blogger minerva, at 1:06 pm  

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