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Overseas Learning Journey and School Immersion Programme, Kuching, Sarawak 10 to 13 March 2016

Thirty P5 and P6 students accompanied by four teachers participated in the overseas learning journey trip to Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia) from 10 to 13 March 2016.  


Day 1 Mrs Loh and school leaders were at Changi Airport Terminal 2 to send off the students and teachers. After saying farewell to their parents, the teachers accompanied the students into the departure hall to board their plane, which would take them to Kuching Sarawak in East Malaysia.  

After 75 minutes in the air, the entourage touched down safely in Kuching Airport and was introduced to their local tour guide,  Mdm Anastasia.  After a smooth and short coach ride to their hotel, the students and teacher called it a day.  

Day 2 The entourage first stop was Lodge National Primary School.  

Here they observed an English lesson and a Malay Language lesson.  

After gift exchange with their new found friends, the students from Kranji Primary delighted their hosts with a rapturous performance of the very own rendition of “The more we get together” - sung in 4 languages and “Home”.  

After pleasantries between the school leaders were exchanged, the entourage visited the Semenggoh Orang Utan Centre and Sarawak Bio-diversity Centre.  

Here the students learnt a lot about the local wildlife and how important it is to harness the benefits of wild plants and animals through research and development.  The day ended with a relaxing cruise down Sarawak River and dinner at “Topspot” – Food Centre.    After dinner, the teachers facilitated the daily reflection session with the students.

Day 3 The day began with an educational tour of how white and black peppers were harvested and prepared for cooking.  After lunch, the students made their way to “Annah Rais Longhouse”.  The entourage was greeted with a traditional welcoming drink called “tuak”, a type drink distilled from rice. Here they got a glimpse of the local Bidayuh traditional home and culture.  As the pupils followed their local guide round the various homes, they gleaned valuable insight into traditional Bidayuh cooking, basket weaving, music and dance.  After dinner, it was reflection before lights off after a long and tiring day.

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Day 4 This was the day the entourage would fly home to Singapore in the evening but not before an exciting visit to the Sarawak Cultural Village nestled at the foothills of the legendary Mount Santubong. 

The students followed their local guide, Mdm Anastasia as she explained how the local ethnic groups namely Iban, Dayak, Melanau, Orang Ulu, Bdayuh and other minor tribes plus the Malays, Chinese and Indians living together in harmony for more than a century.  We visited 5 longhouses and witnessed how food and cakes were prepared, tried our hands at dancing and even shooting with the handmad blow-pipe.  


After half a day visiting the cultural village, the entourage made our way to Kuching City to have an early dinner and make our way to the airport.  After exchanging farewells, the students and teachers caught the flight on MI 377 back to Singapore. Through the course of the 4 days and 3 nights, the students displayed leadership and care for one another as they were tested through the various activities.  Many learnt to speak and present their thoughts confidently through daily debriefing sessions and oral presentations.  The trip was indeed a deeply enriching experience for both students and teachers.