Date: Thursday, 02 April 2015
Posted by: Joanne Borgman

On Tuesday a group of 21 Year 13 students and two teachers came back to school to build a slum and stay the night. We were doing this as a challenge to ourselves and the comfort of our daily lives. We built the slum out of wooden pallets, newspaper, cardboard, tarpaulins and lots and lots of duct tape! Most of our time at school was spent building the slum, taping the tarpaulins together and trying to hang them from the balcony above. We cooked a simple meal of rice and lentils on small gas cookers and tried not to think of the luxuries of home while we ate. Then commenced a game of spotlight where we took advantage of having the school to ourselves. This distracted us for a while until we came back to our slum and realised that we would be sleeping on a thin layer of cardboard for the night. We got into our sleeping bags for the night, tried to get comfortable and resigned ourselves to the fact that it was going to be a long night ahead and we still had school the next day.  As one of the organisers of this event I would like to say a huge thank you to the team of students who put so much effort into organising this and helping pull it off. Also, to the other students who committed to sleeping in the slum, your support of this was amazing and I am hugely grateful. Finally to Mr Terry and Mrs Robertson, who also chose to slum it for the night, your unwavering support of our organising skills and ability to pull it off was much appreciated. To all future students hopefully you carry on this tradition when you are in Year 13 as it is a lot of fun mixed with some hardship.


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