Letter from Andrew Finn
Each week our students from grades three, four and five enjoy hosting and spending time with our friends from Genesis School. The exchange provides our children with the opportunities to help other students and to learn more about other people. From a teachers perspective, it is always very interesting to observe our students and to see how particular bonds and friendships have developed and our students will often ask if they will be involved in hosting the same Genesis group last year. A highlight in the year is always the Genesis School UN Day held in September. Our students at UWCSEA enjoy coming along to this and being involved in the games and activities as well s sampling the various foods and purchasing nick-nack items from stall. Several times recently we have been fortunate when Ms.Lisa Barron talked at our gradewide assemblies. In her talks, she has outlined the origins of Genesis School and explained the similarities and differences between the UWCSEA and Genesis children. This exchange program is a main element in our Local Service program at UWCSEA. We have maintained it for many years and we look forward to many more years of positive exchanges each week.
Dear Ms Barron,
My name is Olivia Armstrong and I am one of the volunteers from Tanglin Trust School that is currently helping out on Wednesday afternoons. Firstly, I would like to thank you for the opportunity your school has offered me and the other students from Tanglin. At first, when I was approaching Genesis, I was quite ensure of what the experience would be like; however, I can safely say for myself and the whole of Tanglin that your school has made a large impact on my life. Every week, myself and Samantha Boyce have been working with the same class and every week we experience new things that change the way we are.
As you probably know, Tanglin won’t be visiting this Wednesday as we have our half term break; however, Samantha and I were wondering if it would be possible to come in and work with the children this Wednesday as it truly is one of the most enjoyable things that we have been taken part in. Before we left Genesis last week, we spoke to the class teachers that we have been working with and they said they would love our usual company; however I would confirm that this is ok with you first.
Tanglin Trust School