On Sunday, 7th October, the outreach groups in both Senior and Prep Schools joined forces to provide a picnic and activity afternoon for children from the local Rotary orphanage in Skudai. At 10 am the Taylor House boys along with Prep outreach pupils took over Mr and Mrs Tomlinson’s house on campus to make a delicious picnic of sandwiches, fruit and home baked treats. Our guests arrived at noon, by which time the Munawir Hill boys had helped to decorate the pool area with balloons, making it look very welcoming.
Everyone devoured the sandwiches and popcorn. MCM volunteers served lunch and gently encouraged our guests to try new foods. With satisfied tummies, the children were separated into small groups to enjoy dance, sports, model making and climbing on a rotation. All the activities were led by Senior School outreach volunteers. Suddenly the heavens opened and our plans to spend the last hour in the pool seemed dashed but Mr Gray kindly offered to stay on to supervise the climbing and bouldering wall so both visitors and volunteers spent an extra half hour perfecting their climbing skills and enjoying each other’s company. Finally, our lightning alarm ‘Thor’ ceased sounding and the children were thrilled to dive into the pool amid the inflatables for a well-deserved splash around.
It was humbling to see the outreach volunteers interact with the visiting children so tenderly and sweetly. They really helped them to find their confidence to tackle new challenges, be it on the climbing wall, in the pool or trying different foods in the picnic. I know our guests had a wonderful afternoon and we hope to repeat the experience again with even more visitors. I believe that all the volunteers really enjoyed the afternoon as well. Our thanks go to everyone who helped on the day, particularly Mr Gray, Ms Taylor, Mrs Tomlinson, Mr Tomlinson, Mrs Wilshaw and Ms Ashworth.
Amy Church | Head of Learning Support & Outreach