Sovann Komar school had a morning of games and prizes for the children on Friday 10th April to celebrate the Khmer New Year. The kids all dressed up in their finery for the occasion and everyone had such a great time playing and laughing together. Jo and I were in charge of handing out the “medals” to winners of races and games: sack, egg and spoon, and tug of war being personal highlights. Me and Grade 4 thrashed Jo and Grade 3 at tug of war! Lessons were cancelled that afternoon, giving the teachers time to return home and make themselves look beautiful before attending the second New Year party that evening, which the families from Sovann Komar joined as well. It was a chance to let our hair down, dance, and have fun with the kids, teachers, and parents before leaving for a well deserved week off. It was also a chance for my best friend Anna, returning to Sovann Komar for the first time in five years, to see all of the children whom we used to teach together back in 2009.
To be honest, the pictures tell the stories far better than any words. The daylight ones were taken with the Sovann Komar school children during the day when I was still being vaguely professional as a teacher and getting some arty, candid shots in. The latter, night time ones were taken with the Sovann Komar orphanage children whom I’ve known for six years and the party descended into selfies and massive, messy group shots … enjoy.