Open Day 2018 was not just bigger and better but more fun and… dangerous! A dedicated team of student volunteers and parents set up stalls and served people tirelessly. Despite an initial forecast for thunderstorms, the weather was fine, sunny and with a refreshing breeze.
A new twist from the Philippines stall was a toilet roll throwing activity. Punters had three throws and needed to get them all in to win a prize. It looked easy, but to get all of the rolls in proved elusive to many contestants. The purpose of this crazy game was to help people understand the importance of proper sanitation and the way students from Rehoboth can help in this area on their mission trip each year.
Another addition was fairy floss and popcorn as well as sushi and onigiri. The colourful and stringy delights of fairy floss filled kid’s faces and brought smiles and joy to many. With spring rolls added to the menu last year, it made sense to add sushi and onigiri – rice-based foods that sold out fast. As usual, hamburgers, croquettes, donuts and choc bananas were all popular and were enjoyed by all before the day was over.
On top of this, we also had an indoor and outdoor STEAM room! Yes, that’s right: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. Kids got dirty with slime and other messy activities and one lucky participant won their own kit to make their own craft. Inside, a number of Kenwick teachers and students demonstrated Edison robots, code bugs and coding software – students and parents were able to get hands-on.
Finally, audiences were entranced by performances from the Choir, musicians and artists. A highlight was the combined Kenwick and Wilson Choir singing “Chatanooga Choo Choo” complete with railway actions! Students were able to share their God-given gifts and feel His pleasure as they did so.
And dangerous? If you were brave, you could ride the Bucking Bull. One cowboy was able to hold on tight until Level 9, when he was unceremoniously dismounted. A great day and a celebration of our amazing community and of our bright future.