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Berkeley International School (November 2014)


Barge Time

There was no better way to the end the month of November than having Berkeley Year 5 join us on the barge.

We had a very pleasant trip on the Chao Phraya learning about this vital water source in Thailand. Through activities, games and exploration, the students had an opportunity to consider the value of water in riverside communities, as well as in the larger community beyond the riverbank. One of the highlights was visiting Ko Kret where students got their hands (and faces in some cases) dirty as they followed the transformation of clay from mud in the ground to intricate pieces of pottery.

The learners also had a chance to discover water as a habitat and thoroughly enjoyed getting down and dirty (again!) during the water hyacinth investigation.

The game Common Water, in which the students were given an opportunity to explore and discuss human impact on water resources both past and present, proved a hit with the students and had them truly engaged.

One of the most valuable parts of our barge trips is the community living aspect, where students help cook, clean and navigate. For many of them, this is a unique experience and, for a first time away from home, they all proved to be such stars! We all had fun living and learning together and from the mouths of the students themselves, swimming was the biggest highlight. Yippy splash!

We also thoroughly enjoyed having our volunteer, Lewis, on board who sang us all to sleep with a beautiful bedtime lullaby he wrote about the barge.


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