Chettipalayam Calling

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in GPS Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Once again this March, a group of grade eleven students from the York School ventured out to Chettipalayam to engage in an international service learning expedition. The ‘India Trip’ is a great opportunity for Canadian young people to broaden their horizons and challenge their perceptions of themselves and their world. For Global Pathways, their presence in our school community provides a tangible boost in our students’ exposure to native English speech.

Helping in the classroom.

Helping in the classroom.

In addition to making English the language of the playground as well as the classroom for a few weeks, York School students initiated several exciting new co-curricular activities. Standard six and seven students received a crash course in the care and use of an SLR camera recently donated to the school. York students Noah Brown and Tanis Helman lead the camera club sessions. It is hoped that the camera club will continue to meet regularly and start publishing their photos and using the medium of photography to enhance their academic work and better tell the GPS story through online social media.

The GPS photography club in Chettipalayam.

The GPS photography club in Chettipalayam.

Standard seven student Saravana Prabhu was able to pursue his interest in learning to play the guitar under the supervision of York student Adrian Marcuzzi. I will take great pleasure in helping Saravana and hopefully other students improve their guitar skills when I return in June!
York students always carry extra luggage on their journey to India. This year new and used ipads, laptops, clothes, educational games and toys, LEGO, puzzles and dozens of soccer uniforms courtesy of Second Kicks were donated to GPS.

GPS students in their Second Kicks soccer gear.

GPS students in their Second Kicks soccer gear.

A highlight of the trip for York students is the trip to the vegetable and tin goods markets to create grocery hampers for families in the GPS community. Groceries, plates, cups, and toiletries supplies were donated to twenty households. In addition, solar powered LUCI inflatable lights donated by Chris Fraser were distributed to homes in the settlement without electricity. Tackling the very real problem of light poverty with an ingeniously simple invention, one household at a time!

And then there was light!

And then there was light!

Also this month GPS was visited by the Rama Krishna Dental College mobile dental clinic. Two hundred and thirty students received dental screenings and over thirty had teeth extracted! There were definitely a few tears that day, but everyone is back to having healthy happy smiles.

Fixing smiles.

Fixing smiles.

Finally, GPS was the proud recipient of the Indian Talent ‘Golden School’ award for excellent results on a nationwide math contest. Well done students!

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