To me, interactions let humans live up to what they are. The easiest form of interaction is communication. Communication lets the human race live together and united. With enough communication between people, relationships are built. The basis and basics of communication in the modern world allows a person to buy food or find a living space. The deeper and more extent of communication, the more pleasant one would feel. Think about it, if you talk with people more, you feel better that being lonely, right? I believe that communication brings self-satisfaction and a better living society.
In a compassionate team, the members are working together, determined, building ideas off each other, and supporting themselves as well as their teammates. They are nowhere near negativity. There are a few giggles here and there, but mainly pride and concentration consumed the group. Members are all huddled together set to complete their task and be satisfied with their outcome.
A few arguments occur, but the debates are controlled and reasoned out for the highest level of understanding. Each member enjoys what they are doing. This is compassion in a team.
Our first activity was to act like different tribes with almost completely different attitudes and personalities. The Alpha tribe was an energetic tribe that needed contact in everything they do. The Alpha tribe was known for their exuberance. The Beta tribe was a tribe focused on trading and personal space. After we learnt how to be Alphas or Betas, we had to interact with each other. This was one of the funniest yet challenging activities we have done. You can imagine two polar opposite people trying to interact; one person who has to be in physical contact with the other, and the other person who desperately needs their personal space. I was an Alpha. Every time I tried to go close to a Beta, they would scream “Waka Waka” and jump away. Us Alphas had to be happy all the time, although it felt like we were being avoided. After this activity, we learnt that for different people from different cultures should find a middle ground where they can interact comfortably. Other culture might seem weird, but they are only different. We need to positively support different cultures and interact on an equal middle ground.
The second activity after break was team building. In the team building activities, we had to choose a leader for our house colours and they would make sure we all take part actively and understand. We first did a water relay game, where we had to transfer water from a bucket with a cup penetrated with holes. Then we did a hamster ball movement game, where the whole team has to stand in a cylinder-like tarp that loops like a hamster ball. We all had to walk together and reach a specific point on the field, staying in the tarp.
Our last game was the number game. We had to step on the scrambled number cards in order, not repeating or skipping. The twist was that we weren’t allowed any form of communication during the demanding activity. Yellow team had planned to go in an order of who does what number. We got disqualified the first time, as we all were completely confused and aware of who does what where and when. In the end, we just got each person to do a number for themselves. After everyone had done a number at least one, whoever found the next number went for that number.
The team building activities helped us work efficiently as a team, learn how to be leaders, and get more comfortable with one another. We also had a hard time with understanding the rules, teaching us that we need to put more effort in planning according to the rules.
- Neel, grade 8
An aura of excitement blanketed the school, resulting in chattering and eager faces. We all packed into our respective home rooms and began the day. The students started by splitting into houses, then moving to their respective classroom. There the Green and Yellow house were together while the Blue and Red were together. The students then played a game where each house was from a culture called ‘Alpha’ and ’Beta’ and we had to follow certain rules in the culture, such as holding your ears and shouting ‘Waka’ if someone came close to you!
The exercise enriched the students that no culture or person should be considered ‘weird’, and try to branch out and accept and learn from other cultures around you. We then moved on to the soccer field, where students had to compete against other houses in the range of 3 activities: filling cups with water in a cup with holes, trying to move in synchronised tank-wheel style and to step on numbers 1-40 while nobody interrupts you!
As the weary students went for a break - it was time for the ultimate activity. There was a competitive edge in the air as houses lined up and faced the challenge. The students had to complete 3 challenges, and from each challenge we would obtain certain parts of the bike that we had to build at the end. The first challenge was to construct a balloon tower that was 6 feet tall. Laughs echoed and shouting erupted across the green space, it wasn’t an easy task. Many groups used their knowledge to make a strong base and continue up, like the Eiffel Tower. The first group to finish had this idea and successfully finished.
The next activity was to solve a tangram of a square, which really tested the students. After 15 minutes of grueling work, the Lizzie was solved. The last and probably most hilarious one for the students was the Mummy competition. We were supposed to wrap a person with tissue paper, newspaper and tape. All the groups chose their shortest member and got started.
After that was done, the groups received all their parts and began their mechanical side of the competition. Soon everyone was cruising around in their newly made bikes. The bikes were going for a good cause, as they were being donated to less privileged children, so they could experience the fun we did. The day wrapped up and the students went home, their hearts happy as they had done a good cause.
- Vishnu, grade 8
- Vithal, grade 8