Stu­dents get down to some jun­gle busi­ness

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Winning Visit -

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

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