Service Nepal provided many opportunities for each student to grow and develop with team building activities, as well as intrinsic individual growth. The Service Nepal trip kicked off to a thrilling start with rafting as the first hurdle of our voyage. We geared up for rafting and were taught how to paddle and the different actions to take in different situations. Rafting was a very exciting experience for us, as most of us had never done it before. We rafted for about 3 hours and it was extremely tiring. When we finally arrived at the campsite, it was difficult to carry all the dry bags and school supplies to the site, but we managed.
We went to Gandaki Primary School in Gorkha District where we painted and taught the students PLUM lessons and basic Water Safety. The children of Gandaki and the Lincoln students enjoyed the interactions and grew strong bonds with the younger students of the Gandaki primary school. The journey to Gandaki Primary School also proved very challenging as the school is on the summit of the hill, however the LS students pushed through this difficult journey carrying supplies such as paint, buckets, and brushes to the school.
Through this trip we saw the true beauty of Nepal and Nepal got to see the true beauty in us (care, love, and compassion). If we have learned anything as a class about this trip, it was that we must not only think about ourselves, but our social responsibilities too. Our class was able to experience a trip in a joyful manner through dancing, singing, and enjoying the campfire with each other. We ended on a good note and the experience was everything we hoped and more. We were able to jump out of our social media and our comfort zones and experience the trip and nature as a whole.
~ The Grade 10 Advisory
The 8th grade Service Nepal trip was an eventful one! After leaving campus, we drove to the Chandragiri cable cars, in which we rode to a temple. After doing some sightseeing, we hiked to our campsite. On the day of arrival, we learned about the schools we would be working at; the one we worked the most on was a K-5th-grade school, 45 minutes away from our campsite. Over two days, we built a library and a playground out of tires in one school and repainted a wall on the other. We also experienced the life of Nepali farmers when we milked goats and worked on the fields for an afternoon. But our trip wasn’t all about work; a memorable activity was when we boated on a lake that we hiked down to, and we held a bonfire on the second night. On the fourth day, we revealed the new library and playground to the children at the K-5th-grade school, and they were excited to see what they had gotten. Along with a number of children’s books, we had also put things such as games, whiteboards, and balls in their library that they were able to play with. We had an amazing trip together, and the most important part was that we were able to be part of a community we normally aren’t. Despite small bumps in the road, this was still one of the most fun Service Nepal trips so far.
Grade 7 ventured off to the village of Okhreni to help build a library for the 156 students of Ishwori Basic School. After hiking up from Sundarijal, grade 7 quickly settled into camp before heading out to meet the students who had prepared a welcome program for Lincoln School. Two Nepali speakers and two non-Nepali speakers from grade 7 also participated in the welcome program, thanking everyone at Ishwori Basic School for welcoming them. On day 2, after our daily morning yoga, grade 7 went for an incredible hike through jungles and thick bush to the Deurali View Point (2472m). On day 3, the class went back to school to help finish the library. The library project was entirely student-driven. Teachers took a step back and let the students decide how the library was to be set up. After hours of cleaning, clearing and (with the help of local students) sorting, grade 7 had built an incredible library. Day 4 began by helping our local host clear a terrace full of unwanted growth. Even though the afternoon was cut short due to thunder and lighting storms, grade 7 was able to put the finishing touches on the library ahead of the coming storm. We spent the evening playing games and learning about lightning safety, reflecting on our service experience, and dancing by the campfire. All in all, Grade 7 had a really collaborative, illuminative and positive experience!
-Mr. Bell, Mr. Banks and Ms. DiMagno
At the beginning of March, High School Student Council hosted a very successful Open Mic Night/Talent Show. We had many amazing performances. From 6-7, both the students and teachers were very involved in on-the-spot karaoke performances. All of the singers were great, and we especially enjoyed watching Ms. McGlynn and Mr. Davis jam to NSYNC. Then, after 7pm, Anne kicked off the Talent show with some Karate. She was followed by some more amazing performances by Vishesh, Connor, Dylan, Dorje, Mr.Larson, Mr. Nielsen, Tapashwi, and Anne. Then, the class of 2019 Seniors performed “We’re all in this together” to close a very special evening.
– Areez K
This year the Grade 9 class traveled to Chitwan to work with the Tharu community. Our service objective was to build a biogas digester for several families. During the trip, we learned about the various stages to develop this sustainable digester. To begin, we were separated into two groups in order to dig separate holes. That day we battled both the sun and the earth. We had to dig a 5-foot hole with the tools provided to us: shovels, pickaxes, hoes and our undying will to succeed. We ended the day and we had conquered the hole. However, we still had a long cycle that lied in wait.
The next morning after a nice hot beverage, we were back full pedal to the metal. This day we needed to create some cement and place some bricks on the cement. Another long day of working lay ahead, but we were ready. Sunscreen on, water bottle filled, and shovel in hand we began working. In the blink of an eye, it was complete. After a night of good sleep, we awoke to another 20KM bike ride. We biked along the serene Chitwan roads until we arrived at the destination. The dome of destiny lay dormant waiting for its construction. We got straight to work. The day passed by, the morning dew became one with the clouds above. The sun rose from its dormancy and showered us with its harsh light. After we wiped the sweat off our brow, it was complete.
What happened in between all this work was a lot of bonding. We had many opportunities to see Nepal in a completely new light and had many deep conversations. All in all, I’m sure we can all agree that this trip was truly therapeutic.
By Aditya and Aarav
On behalf of the grade 9 class
The excitement in Grade 12 Advisory was palpable as the Seniors were measured for their caps and gowns. 64 days to Graduation! After many college acceptances and a fantastic Service Nepal experience, the Senior advisors say: keep up the hard work!
Our Grade 11 students stepped up their preparations for Service Nepal by kayaking in our heated swimming pool. This was an opportunity for our students and teachers to meet their river and kayaking guides, while practicing important kayaking and water safety skills in a controlled environment.
This last Saturday and Sunday, Lincoln School had the pleasure of hosting two theater professionals, hailing from New York City, to host a 2-day theater intensive workshop. Around a dozen secondary students dove headfirst into a fast-paced devised theatre workshop with a focus in training the brain, the body, and the collaborative spirit. This experience culminated in a short performance on the last day that was created and inspired using the poetry of Shell Silverstein.
Day one, students learned devising games and exercises that helped them become more comfortable on the stage and develop the group as an ensemble to create original moments of theater. These activities were developed in groups, pairs, and solo moments on and off the stage.
Day Two was spent shaping these moments into a final showcase that highlighted the students’ talents and original composition.
A big thank you to our workshop facilitators Jonathan Taylor and Rose Schwietz for bringing out our students’ theatrical abilities!
The Lincoln School Girls’ Football team divided and conquered in the Lincoln Invitational this past weekend. All girls trying out for SAISA were broken into two teams – Lincoln Red and Lincoln White – and were joined by a further 3 teams from other schools in the valley. It was a great learning opportunity for both our newer and more experienced players with lots of hard fought matches against Rato Bangala, TSS, and team United. Our Lincoln Red team finished the tournament as runner’s up with both teams contributing to some great football and team spirit. Congratulations to all!