Newsletter September 2020
Because all deaf pupils stay in school full time, many parents came to visit during the week-ends last month. Because of the Covid-19 they were not allowed into the school building, but they sat outside at the entrance. They first went to wash their hands, their temperature was checked and they had to wear their masks. The students also wore their masks and they kept 1 meter away from their parents.
There was unfortunately not yet a cuddle! Due to strict rules, Sri Lanka is now in second place on the world list as the best approach to the Covid-19 pandemic! Something to be proud of! The oldest boys are waiting impatiently to play cricket again. All sports activities are prohibited due to COVID-19. When the pupils play outside, they now play community games such as tag, hide and seek etc. The youngest like to play in the playground or on the bike when they are free in the afternoon. Rebeka and Vihanga had a head-on collision while running. Vihanga’s 2 front teeth touched Rebeka’s forehead. The result was a deep forehead wound that bled terribly and Vihanga’s teeth and lip were also full of blood. Our GP treated them and luckily they were both back in class after a few days. Vihanga still has 2 loose front teeth, but that will heal automatically, according to the doctor.
Shortly after the accident, Rebeka had her birthday (16 years) together with Keshani, who turned 6 years old. The International Week of the Deaf was held from 21 to 27 September. We all watched the 8 o’clock news on TV. There was a news report about the Deaf Week and Sign Language in Sri Lanka and suddenly an old movie of our Deaf School appeared! We were all amazed and happy!
The youngest 3 students received their first cooking lesson from Miss Mala. How proud they were! They made “laddu” a kind of biscuit with raisins and cashew nuts, which they were allowed to hand out the next day with tea during the break.
The week of September 28 was the “test week”. Because of all the extra after-school lessons of the past months, the students have almost returned to the desired level. We had plenty of passion fruits in our school garden and could make nice drinks for the children.On September 30, we celebrated the International Children’s Day this year. We made a very nice program.
All girls, who have worked hard in recent months to make their own clothes and beautiful bags, were allowed to provide a Fashion Show. The boys put on a few plays in beautiful clothes and a Clown’s Act. Furthermore, all children received a treat with tea and an ice cream after lunch.