On Thursday, 22 February, 27 very enthusiastic Year 13’s gathered at school for a night in the slum. After shifty weather through out the day, the slum went ahead and it was a night that guaranteed little sleep.
First mission was to build our fort for the night out of cardboard, pallets and tarpaulins. Thanks to a trusty group of students who did this, it held during the night and provided very good shelter. While cricket was being played, a group of girls got started on tea which was lentils and bread. Thanks to Amy who actually knew what lentils were and showed us how to cook it, we were all full and had a good serving of spicy food that might not have been everyone's cup of tea.
As the night went on, we all got involved in a game of Touch, Go Home Stay Home, Cricket and Cards, and enjoying everyone's company with many laughs. Around 11pm it was time to get into our beds, so we all squished up and settled for the night (certainly grateful for our beds at home). The laughter and banter kept on going until 1am when Mrs Thompson came and reminded us that we did have her and Mr Terry as neighbours and they would like to get some sleep. Sam Shaw was not a popular guy the next morning for keeping everyone up with his obsession of the word potato. After a couple of hours sleep it was time to get up and yes, we had to go to school.
The reason for participating in the Survive a Slum that Caritas does each year, is to make us more aware of the people who aren't as fortunate as us (who can go home to a nice comfy bed every single night). Thank you Mr Terry and Mrs Thompson for coming and we are sorry for keeping you up.
Marion Frei and Luke Roughan - Special Character Leaders