SALSA - Grade 6 Trip
Khammouane Province November 2012
Grade 6 travelled to Khammouane province on our SALSA trip. We travelled to Sinxay Secondary school and played soccer, Frisbee and duck-duck-goose with the kids, we gifted sports equipment, school supplies and a Frisbee (donated by Mr Lucas). We arrived at Thamnangene Cave and camped for two nights, where we had a campfire and a scary cow that wandered through our camp site at night.
Our second day, we went rock climbing and every student was a risk-taker and climbed rock faces, most of us climbing three times. We then travelled out to the Hydropower dam and looked at the impacts of the construction of the dam. We visited one of the relocated villages and the school in the village. We went to the Early Years classroom and the kids sung us lovely Lao songs, we responded with a gorgeous rendition of Incy Wincy Spider. These kids were awesome and one of the highlights of our trip.
We also went Kayaking out of Kong Lor Cave. We had a two minute instructional talk before jumping in. Needless to say, there were several collaborative discussions about how to paddle. Hiromi embraced the opportunity to be treated like royalty as he was towed downstream by Nhan and Joji.
Our last night took us to a resort where we had our very own dance party complete with disco light and loud music. The boys of Grade 6 danced outstandingly, particularly to Gangnam Style. Special mention must be made of the boys who out-danced the girls!
We had a great SALSA being risk-takers, open-minded and caring. A special thank-you to the teachers Mr Durkin, Ms Lara, Mr Lucas and Ms Claire.