Today, during lunchtime, the Grade Threes participated in an experiential activity. They were divided into 3 different groups:
- The Blue Group was served pizza and juice. They sat at tables and were allowed to have seconds. They were also invited to line up first.
- The Yellow Group was given water and rice with meat. They sat on chairs and were served second.
- The Red group was only given rice. They sat on the floor and if they were thirsty, they were asked to walk to the water fountain. They were not allowed seconds.
The room was silent and the students were encouraged to write down what they were observing, wondering and feeling. When we discussed what happened back in the classroom, the one word that summed up the event was “unfair”.
We discussed how their experience is similar to the real world. What students experienced for 30 minutes is what some people feel their whole lives. There are people in the world with more than enough (abundance), some people with just enough (surviving), and people in the world who never have enough (scarcity). We made connections to our learning with fractions: just like our class has 25 equal parts to make up 1 whole, the world has 7 billion equal parts that make up 1 world. And, even though there is enough food in the world for everyone to have enough, most of the world never has enough because the world’s resources are not shared equally.
We will continue talking about these themes of abundance and scarcity this term, and connecting it to God’s heart for us and for others. Please continue this conversation with your child at home. Thank you for your support!
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One of our parent volunteers was able to take some superb photos from our special activity last week. Thanks and credit to her! Here are some of my personal favourites:
Happy New Year!
Thank you for entrusting your beautiful children into my care for 6 precious hours a day. I have thoroughly enjoyed their smiles and thoughts today. I must say you are all doing incredible jobs as parents. Parenting is a labor of love that never ceases to both inspire and “floor” me. I have really appreciated the gracious gifts I’ve received from you through your kids already. I was told I am very lucky to have this group of students and their moms and dads and after looking at the “parent availability” excel sheet that Mrs. Ng left for me I wholeheartedly agree.
Just wanted to say a quick hello before the week gets too far ahead of me. My name is Nick. I am a “freshly” trained teacher from UBC, and was greatly blessed for several years through the RCS community as an EA in the past. The kids call me Mr. Agon. Perhaps our kids can tell you a little more about me until we can meet in person.
My hope is that we, at school, and you, at home, would all experience God’s great care and wisdom as “one body” during our time at RCS.
Please keep an eye out for our first newsletter of 2019. Looking forward to all the Father has in store for us!