Barry pupils teach English abroad
2:09pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
YEAR 12 students from Barry Comprehensive spent part of their summer break teaching pupils in Sri Lanka as part of their annual support for charity, HelpLanka.
Teachers Mrs Lander, Mr A Jones and six Year 12 students travelled to Sri Lanka and spent weekday mornings teaching English in a rural school.
Students delivered fun, interactive lessons to children aged between five and 16 years old and included lots of opportunities for the Sri Lankan children to use spoken English.
Sri Lanka’s main industry being tourism means English is vital for school children there.
Mr Jones put his sporting expertise to use and, with donated cricket kit, organised matches on the school field.
He quickly realised that the Sri Lankan children were very skilled in cricket already and perhaps he had met his match with some of the older boys.
The team also gave every student in the school a new pencil case complete with pen, pencil, rubber and sharpener.
Afternoons were spent in various locations.
The team visited a children’s cancer hospital and provided music, games and a magic show.
Children’s homes and orphanages were also visited and the team provided face painting, arts and crafts sessions, games and sport.
Chris Nash’s skills on the guitar were enjoyed by the children as was Gabi Gardner’s singing which mesmerised everyone who heard it.
A bouncy castle was hired for several of these afternoon sessions and the children thoroughly enjoyed this special treat.
The team donated toys, books and equipment to these homes and all the materials will be put to good use in these facilities as their own resources are so limited.
A large parachute and hearing aids were donated to a school for deaf children and a special afternoon was also spent in Cheshire Home - a facility for adults with mental and physical disabilities.
The team explored some of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful attractions with a favourite the turtle sanctuary in Galle, a family-run facility that ensures new born turtles have the best start in life and are protected from poachers and predators.
Students also enjoyed some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and had a wonderful cultural experience visiting tea plantations, an elephant orphanage, the Sri Lankan parliament and ancient land marks such as the Sigirya rock temple.