“Cock-a-doo-dle-dooo!” Waking up to the sound of the roosters was foreign to many of the volunteers from the Charisma team. It was finally our first day of school in SK Tumunda Salimandut!
At 7.20 a.m., we were invited to join the school assembly and introduced ourselves to all the teachers and students of SK Tumunda Salimandut. After leaving high school for more than 2 years, it was nostalgic as we sang the national anthem and read our Rukun Negara. Seeing the faces of the 366 students lining up in front of the Charismen was really refreshing and gave us a breath of fresh air. We felt really motivated to facilitate the students in the best way that we know how.
As we went into our first class for the camp, the students greeted us “Selamat Pagi, Abang dan Kakak”. We were assigned to the Standard 2 and Standard 5 classes for our first day at the school. It was a unique experience for the Charismen as we have never taught a class of students before and we can see the excitement in the eyes of the students as they answer our questions enthusiastically. We shared with the students the many types of occupations there is and asked them what they want to be when they grow up. For an 11-year-old, it was inspiring to hear the dreams that they have and remind the volunteers, to dream big. Some of the students want to be astronauts to travel space and some want to become soldiers to protect the country. Hearing their dreams, we felt even more motivated to give our all in this short duration of time.
After the school bell rang signalling the end of school, we proceeded with the Ice Breaking session that was meant for the volunteers to get to know the Standard 6 students. At 2.00p.m., all the participants gathered in the school hall and played a few games. One of the highlights was the Newspaper Train game where groups of nine students need to build a tyre-like structure newspaper that can fit five students. The students were then instructed to race among the four groups and the last to cross the line will need to do a penalty.
When the session ended, we started to assess the students’ capabilities in Mathematics and English through a short test. After a long day, we marked the test papers and graded it to sort the students into groups. We assigned mentors to specific groups. We also prepared lesson plans and goals for the students we were assigned to. Hopefully we are able to help the students in preparing for their UPSR.