Newsletter February 2021
Fortunately, the students came last January back to school and we could start again with the curriculum. The afternoon cooking, handicraft and drawing lessons, everything could continue normally, except for the dance lessons and sports. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves after being home for a few months.
On February 2, our Deaf School celebrated its 37th anniversary, a reason to reflect on it and celebrate with cake by the tea and an ice cream after lunch. We showed old school films, they found that very interesting.
On February 4, we celebrated Sri Lanka’s National Day. We hoisted the flag and watched a beautiful historical documentary about Sri Lanka on television in the morning.
In the weekly cooking classes this month the children made successively: chocolate pudding, chocolate cake, rulan pudding and a chutney.
On February 12 it was already 3 years ago that Barbel Kattenbelt, the first chairman of the Stichting tot Steun aan Dr. Reijntjes School for the Deaf, passed away. In the afternoon we all went to the temple, which Barbel liked to walk to when she was staying in our school for the deaf.
On February 16, we called parents with new young deaf students to our School to come for an interview / test. Unfortunately, most of the children were autistic and could hear normally, therefore not suitable for our school. It is a pity that it is a long way for these parents to find the right care for their child. Fortunately, we were able to help them on their way. At the beginning of March, another group will come for an interview/test. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the intake of new deaf students has been delayed this year!
Tharushi, one of our students, is still at home because her father, grandmother and other members of her family have been infected with covid-19. The whole area where she lives is in a lockdown because several cases of the corona virus have been detected. She cannot come to school yet.
Unfortunately, the annual climbing of Adam’s Peak by the oldest students could not take place this month because of the covid-19 pandemic.