Posted: Thursday, May 04, 2017
Author: Diane Bracken, Beaumont Ruam Pattana School

The students at Beaumont School are always excited when they realise that the Harrow Bangkok GAPS have returned. Not only do they know that there will opportunities to be involved in some fun learning activities, but also to they will learn some more English.

English speakers are a rare species in this part of Chaiyaphum and so any chance to learn more words and sentences is seen as a bonus for many of the students, especially at a time when they are becoming more confident in communicating in a second language.

Add to that the chance to undertake extra sports, make volcanoes, balloon rockets, brownies, straw structures, musical instruments, flags or sing along to a Hall and Oates song amongst other things whilst learning at the same time makes for a fun packed week with the Harrow Gaps.

The children clearly warm to the GAPS, especially when they generously allow them to hang from their necks, provide piggy backs and act as all round human climbing frames and that’s no mean feat in the heat that we experience here.

Throughout the whole initiative the ‘GAPS’ have always brought with them enthusiasm, good ideas, materials and commitment and it appears that on the whole they take away good memories, ideas for future endeavours and a desire to return.

Having seen them acclimatize quickly to rural surroundings and classroom situations, in a predominately Thai language environment, there is no way to thank them enough for the gap that they bridge at Beaumont Ruam Pattana School.

Here’s waiting for the next cohort of GAPS during 2017 with a whole new range of activities that the school students will definitely be keen to be involved with.

Last updated: 04 May 2017 10:36