Last week, Wednesday the 25th of May, the Year 8’s of Woodford International day went to the CBSI compound out in Aruligo for a 3 day camp.
Every student was at school by 8:00 am with their bags and tents, before loading the bags the whole class got together just to go through what would be happening at camp and etc. As soon as they finished everyone loaded their bags as well as the food and other stuff that would be needed at camp, when finished, we all hopped into the bus with the teachers and off we went. The drive to Aruligo was much longer than usual because we had to make a few stops here and there to grab a few things but we still made it there safely. As we all got off the bus, the teachers asked us to gather around so that we could go through the rules and what had been scheduled for the day. We were then told to go and pitch our tents and have rest and have a good lunch which we had brought before we all started walking to the Vilu Museum. It took us about 45 minutes to walk from the camp site but what we saw as we reached there was worth it. Mr. Anderson (The owner) showed us all the machine guns, planes, missiles and etc that were left on the island from WW II and gathered later. After our tour of Vilu Museum we headed back to the campsite.
When we reached the campsite , everyone was exhausted and decided to rest for awhile, after resting the Red group had to cook dinner which was Mince pasta with coconut rice and apple/orange juice, while the reds were cooking, the rest of us were playing games, sharing a laugh with fellow classmates and etc. At around noon after everyone had showered, dinner was served and was devoured by everyone. An hour or so after everyone had finished eating and washed their utensils, we played a game, where we had to do a scavenger hunt for the things that were listed on a list given by the teachers. Red team had found the objects before the Blue and Black teams, after that the teachers had made milo and set out biscuits for everyone to have before heading to bed in their tents.
Our second day of camp began with the Blue team preparing breakfast. This took longer than expected because of the preparation of the bacon and therefore it was 9am before we had set off to go to our destination of the day, Aruligo Primary school. We loaded ourselves and our bags into the back of the school truck and the ride to the school. The ride only took around an estimated 10-15 minutes. We arrived and began to go to the classes we were assigned to teach. The teaching lasted around half an hour and maybe even more. We all enjoyed it incredibly much. Afterwards we began to set up tabloid sports games we had designed for the students. There were around 276 students at the school and after splitting them into main groups of 46 per activity and then further halving that into sub-groups of 23 we had managed the students. Each group of 46 students were at one of the activities for 10 minutes before they were rotated clockwise to the next activity. This continued for around 60 minutes before the sports time came to an end. Then came the time to farewell the school. Speeches were made and we donated gifts we had brought to the school. Aruligo Primary school students sang us its school song and then after exchanging a few further goodbyes, we left. We had decided earlier to walk back from the school to our campsite and we began the trek. We left the school at around 1pm and returned at 3pm. Our groups made a late lunch and we relaxed until 6pm. Then we began to make a Motu style dinner. We weaved plates, prepared the food and enjoyed a delicious feast. Together we all spent time around the campfire before setting off to bed.
On our last day of camp, we woke up to a beautiful and chilly morning. Many of us woke up and sat by the sea shore, basking in the sun awaiting breakfast. The Red Bandanas were responsible for breakfast and were assisted by other non-Red-Bandana students in preparing a quick, yet scrumptious variety of foods to choose from. There were stacks of bacon, eggs (with & without tuna), a variety of fruits such as paw-paw, starfruit, etc., cereals and bread.
After breakfast, we got changed into our swim wear. Then it was time to pack our things and put down our tents. When suddenly, a pack of dolphins paid us a visit. They swam really close to the shore, closer than before and did their special flips and jumps; I guess they came by to say their last goodbyes.
As the last tents were put down, the Blue Thunders were washing dishes and cleaning up the mess hall, while the barbecue lunch was being cooked by our generous security guards. Not long after, all tents & bags were loaded onto the 3-ton school truck along with the supplies we brought with us on the first day and our readily cooked lunch. We had a little free time to play and relax before we got on the bus and headed to Mbonege beach for a swimming extravaganza and lunch.
When we arrived, some students were still sleepy and weren’t in the mood to swim while a few hopped off the bus, ran towards the ocean and started swimming immediately. Some of us took our time and ate some sugarcane (given by the Aruligo Primary school the day before). We swam out in all directions possible, and enjoyed it to the fullest. We played chicken fight, volleyball, games like how long you can hold your breath underwater, etc. We also had fun with the sand: building castles, constructing cars and the classic sand-fights. We enjoyed so much under the sun that a majority of us were sunburnt all over. Then we had our delicious Barbecue lunch.
Afterwards, many of us swam again until they blew the whistle (meaning it was time to head back to School). And on our way back, we were pretty worn out, hence some of us slept during the bus ride. When we arrived at school, we unloaded our things and awaited our rides. In the meantime, students were either lying down somewhere in the hall or playing out and about; until everyone headed back home.