Students connecting with Nature

Free School students and their teachers taking some healthy exercise.

Free School students and volunteer teachers enjoying the outdoors on a nature trail.

On Tuesday 31 May, Nalanda Free School organised a hiking trip for Secondary School students.  The trip was led by the Free School Principal Sister Lee, with the assistance of 5 volunteer teachers.  The aim of the outing was to provide students and teachers with opportunity to bond outside the classroom, with team-building activities to help them understand the importance of cooperation and teamwork.

The group of 20 left from Nalanda Centre for a hilly nature trail in Seri Kembangan early in the morning. Everyone enjoyed getting close to Mother Nature, taking in the fresh air, and being introduced to the flora and fauna in the wooded surroundings in a safe and healthy environment.  They even collected rubbish along the path, leaving the trail litter-free for other nature lovers.

Teachers and students on a 'bonding' exercise.

Teachers and students on a ‘bonding’ exercise.

It was refreshing indeed to see youngsters enjoying themselves outdoors, without being obsessed with smart-phones and modern-day gadgets.  Many thanks to the teachers, volunteers, and parents who made it possible for the students to go on this happy, healthy outing.  Sadhu anumodana!

Even the tiniest creatures are interesting if we look close enough.

Even the tiniest creatures are interesting if we look close enough.

Students enjoying healthy games.

Students enjoying the fresh air and taking part in healthy games.

A helping hand goes a long way.

A helping hand along the journey of life goes a long way.

A quick nature lesson on what a rubber tree looks like.

A quick nature lesson by Principal Sis. Lee on what a rubber tree looks like.

Happiness is... spending a lovely morning exercising with friends!

Happiness is… spending a lovely morning exercising with friends!