At the beginning of 2019 we held a Ladies Wing lunch and explored ideas for our SA group. Continue reading “Ladies Wing retreat on Kangaroo Island, SA”
A trio of Bhajan enthusiast from the Melbourne came to us with the Grace of Mother Sai – the eternally compassionate one.
Sister Vasumathi, Brother Ravi, Brother Vicknesh spent Saturday the 6th of July 2019 with SSE children of all groups running a day long Bhajan Workshop from 10 am to 3 pm. This was held at Sister Abhilasha and Brother Deepak’s residence which they kindly allowed us to use.
The workshop was well structured, starting from basic elements which form the backbone of leading and following bhajans. For eg: Clapping in the appropriate rhythm, sitting upright, singing at the right pitch etc.
There were games and interactive and educative fun intermittently. The presenters made sure the children stayed engaged and enjoyed the workshop besides absorbing the essence of bhajan singing. Discipline came easy since the children were absorbed in the information and the entertaining way of presentation.
Feedback from the children was that they had a lot of fun while learning and Uncle Ravi got special mention for a constant addition of the fun quotient. They were mesmerised with Uncle Vicknesh’s harmonium skills. Aunty Vasumathi added to the charm and all the three presenters sang and spoke beautifully according to them.
Nourishment at midday was arranged by parents and teachers and was quite a feast which was enjoyed by all.
The children made a thank you card, on with they had written their own messages prior to the workshop and presented it at the end of the session. The 20 children who attended the workshop also received goody bags gifted to them by the facilitators.
Hope to see more such workshops to help us all learn and grow.
Om Sri Sai Ram
South Australia held its second Teachers Training Program in June which attracted 12 participants from the 3 different centres. By Swami’s grace, the training was held at the Vale Primary School, OSHC faculity, without any charge to us. 21 sessions were covered over the first 3 Saturdays, from 8.30 to 4.30pm. We were greatly supported by facilitators from interstate, Uncle Cugan, who presentented 3 modules and Bro Ravi and Sis Vasumathi, who did 2 sessions each. They were all truly amazing. There was a lot of information shared and the sessions were very interesting and interactive.
The last weekend saw 8 participants deliver their mock lessons. It was obvious from their lessons that they had put in a lot of effort. With all the learning, they also enjoyed themselves as they deepened their friendships and created new bonds. Some of them also acknowledged the work that teachers had to put in to carry out a class.
An event is not complete without the tea and lunch breaks. For this, we have to thank the teachers and other devotees who so willingly prepared delicious food for all the days. The participants too could not resist but bring more fruit and snacks for all to enjoy.
A Child Safe Environment Training was also organised 2 weeks later so that the trainees could begin with the Mentoring Program in Term 3.