On the 9th October and 23rd October, Thang Long English and Vocational School organised outings to Binh My Eco Tourist Area (Cu Chi). With the topic named “Protect yourself and those around you”, these extracurricular activities attracted 163 students this year.
Loan, a social worker at Thang Long School, said: “This event is held annually so that students can learn hands-on practical skills, communicate with friends and take some physical activities. Not only practising soft skills but they also learn skills for development and integration into the workplace in the future.”
Over 160 students were divided into 5 teams with their 5 different colours. There were one leader elected by members and one supervisor in each team. They started the challenge by going through a range of physical and logical games and to get clues at first 4 zones. The time limit for finishing was 2 hours in total. Lessons and messages related to the event’s topic were expressed throughout the games.
Hieu, a 11th grader studying Intermediate 1 English class, talked about what he learnt from these activities: “The first thing is perseverance. In the double rope bridge crossing game, I almost fell, but I tried to stay calm and slowly moved to the finish line. Next, I find teamwork is also very important. For example, in the elastic rope maze station, checkered scarves were used to tie our hands. We managed to get out together smoothly but some other teams would get stuck and be slowed down”.
The last game was to catch shallow fish. Dressed in the traditional in ba ba outfit, with their faces and hands smeared with mud, all of the students tried hard to catch the most fish. “Other teams did so well except us. We were afraid of not finding any fish. But we ended up creating our own joy by moving aside and playing football together,” Truc Mai happily remembered.
After lunch, the students began to draft ideas and prepare for their teams’ performances. The topic was based on the hints got from the treasure hunt games in the morning. They did not fail to show their excellent planning and teamwork skills. The messages were conveyed precisely by each team’s unique viewpoint and problem-solving strategy. The presentation was successful, and they had a fun time together.
After that, advisors from Nhan Duc Education made an in-depth discussion about the main topic. They shared tips and advice when confronting worst-case scenarios happening unexpectedly. Also, they emphasised how to choose the suitable self-defence tools (for example, some students did not know using pepper spray was illegal). Before it ended, students completed a self-assessment and reflection form to review what they learned.
Thao Nguyen, one of the students in the organiser team, said: “‘Protect yourself and those around you’ aimed to provide knowledge about personal safety and enhance social skills to students. I could feel their enthusiasm as they probably spent their entire energy on games and activities. I am glad to be a part of this event and to be with Thang Long School”.
Hoang Yen shared about her most memorable moment: “I was chosen to be a team leader. It was such a pity that I got my leg hurt, so my team completed the challenges without me. But everyone cared for me a lot which made me feel heart-warming. Now, I run out of energy but it’s nothing compared to how joyful I am today”.