Students get down to some jungle business
Pupils from Ashford School had the experience of a lifetime when they spent four weeks helping a community in a remote area of Borneo.
For the majority of their summer break, seven pupils travelled to Sabah to lay the foundations for water tanks and toilets and teach children English.
In exchange for their hard work, the group from the school in East Hill were taught traditional dances and songs from their hosts, how to make bracelets and went scuba-diving.
After returning from the expedition earlier this month, Year 12 student Peta Stamper, said: “We can all say we are now skilled cement mixers, bricklayers, painters and machete wielders.
“It was tough work in the hot sun, but so rewarding.”
Psychology teacher Mrs Rosie Ball, who accompanied the students on the trip, said: “The heat and intense humidity was difficult at times but everyone showed resilience and just got on with the task at hand.
“All the students left with an awareness of how fortunate they are to have unlimited clean water on tap and all the material comforts they could wish for.”
Volunteers from Ashford School trekked through the Batu Puteh jungle