English holiday camp for 60 pupils

  • Education
  • Sunday, 22 Feb 2004

IT was a fun-filled learning experience for about 60 pupils of SJK (C) Yak Chee who took part in an English Holiday Camp in Sg Congkak, Ulu Langat, Selangor, during the recent yearend school holidays. 

The trip was planned and organised by some 20 parents and 20 teachers who formed the organising committee. 

For many of the Year Three to Six pupils, the three-day camp not only taught them English but various lessons in life.  

For example, sleeping in tents made them feel thankful for their comfortable beds at home. Others talked about their newfound independence and the “hardships” endured without the help of Mum, Dad or maid. 

D-I-Y TIPS: Students of SJK (C) Yak Chee learning to set up tents during a pre-camp exercise.

The camp was launched by Wong Hock Ann, who represented Serdang MP Datuk Yap Pian Hon – one of the generous sponsors who made the camp a reality. (Wong is special assistant to Yap.) 

A carefully planned programme was carried out to fit the camp’s objective, which was to instil in the campers a sense of independence, responsibility, and appreciation for nature, in a fun and relaxed environment. 

The icebreaker was followed by a flurry of activities, including an arts and craft session (in which participants painted their own camp T-shirts), first aid, team-building, and mind-mapping. Other highlights were jungle-trekking, a river expedition, talentime and telematch.  

Apart from activities and games, campers were given responsibilities such as cleaning and cooking. 

On the final night of the event, the campers were surprised by a visit from parents who brought ice cream and supper for everyone.  

“This is truly like a family gathering,” said one of the volunteers.  

The event closed with the presentation of prizes and certificates of attendance, and a word of thanks from headmistress Ong Sead Ting.  

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