This year we would like to use the money we collect at APS on World Book Day to buy bricks to help build a new school in Goa which will become a Centre of Excellence. £1.00 will buy two bricks. It is a huge project and one which challenges me daily from afar but it is worth every penny and the time spent on supporting Father Laurence and his team.
To put this in context for you, trying to capture the warmth and enthusiasm of the staff and children who attend Oxdel and Dabolim Schools is difficult to put into words! What I still find hard to believe is that these children, who live in the most appalling conditions in the nearby slums or the road side with a tarpaulin for shelter, charcoal fire and no sanitation, come to school, each day, with smiles on their faces and are eager to learn. They are smart in their uniforms - all of which are provided by local donors.
Since I have been going out to Goa I have had the privilege of seeing just how much our help as a school has made in the last four years. Jolly Phonics is alive and well, embedded in both schools and the standard of children’s reading and writing has developed dramatically and continues to do so. APS has helped to make this happen.
The Pre-Primary classes are transforming themselves into classrooms which reflect the environments that young children need in order to grow and develop. Easels, magnetic letters, toys and games which support learning have been purchased and are being heavily used! APS has made this all possible.
Books donated in previous years on World Book Day have provided an amazing resource for storytelling and developing a greater understanding English. Book Buddies from Standard 4 regularly share stories with the younger children.
The Pre-Primary Curriculum has finally been written and will be trialled in Oxdel this coming academic year. I have been able to make this happen by the gift of time generously given to me by APS. The big launch takes place during the first week of our Easter holidays.
Through the many workshops I have done with staff and parents in Goa, the one phrase that is repeatedly said is ‘Thank you’. So I pass on this to you and also add my own personal thank you for continuing to support our schools’ international charity, DBKDS.
Last academic year, Dabolim School was bursting at the seams. Through local Goan support and that of my sponsor, a new school is being built to cater for demand. The old school has been demolished and there is much optimism that it will be ready for June 2019! Dabolim School is currently being housed in an old holiday resort which apart from enabling school to carry on, is less than desirable!
Mrs. Cooper has kindly produced for me a short film which shows just a few highlights of my December visit. I really enjoyed reading all your twitter comments.
Thank you all for your continuing support. You really are helping to make a difference. Let’s see how much of a school we can build.
Assistant Headteacher Pre-Prep.