With smart caps on their heads, BAC children marched up the bus and sang with zest as they travelled towards Marina Barrage on 20 March 2013. The moment the bus stopped, the children could no longer control their excitement and shouted: “We are going on a picnic!” The sunny day warmed up their spirits for the great day! They chatted among themselves when they noticed the vast space surrounding them.
The K1, K2 children enthusiastically helped the teachers to lay the huge picnic mats. There was room for everyone to sit comfortably and enjoy the array of sandwiches, wafer rolls and potato chips. As they relaxed and admired the clear blue sky, they ate to till their hearts’ content.
“Wow! I want to fly the kite!” Before the teachers could demonstrate how to tie the string to the kite, the children were jumping up and down, eager to have a go at flying the kite. The K1, K2 children followed the teacher’s instructions, hold tight to the reel of string and ran forward quickly. It was indeed thrilling to see their efforts being rewarded as the kite soared beautifully in the sky. Even the young ones were brave enough to give the kite flying a try. The PG children eyes widened in surprise when they saw the kite swaying freely.
For those who patiently waited for their turn to fly the kites, they experienced the fun of tossing the beach balls with the colourful parachute up into the air. The two teams challenged each other, trying to keep the balls tossing within the parachutes. The park visitors watched the match in awe and cheered them on. They were amazed at how the members of the team worked together to prevent the balls from rolling away. The laughter on their sweaty face was such a wonderful sight! Good job, children!
After the children cooled down and had their water break, the children strolled through the gallery. They saw photos of the dirty Singapore River, the reservoirs in Singapore and understood the need to have clean water. Walking through the exhibits, the children gained knowledge of importance of having sufficient clean water.
Everyone gathered around a model of the dam at Marina Barrage to watch how the simulated rain water was collected when the nine crest gates were closed. They also saw how the excess water was released into the sea when flooding arose. The demonstration which explained the function of the Marina Barrage dam, left a deep impression on the children’s minds.
Feeling amazed and absolutely satisfied with the trip, the children triumphantly went up the bus before saying a final goodbye to the amazing place and of course, the adorable mascot, Water Wally. Without hesitation, the kids shared about their intriguing experience with their friends on the bus. It was delightful to see them grinning from ear to ear. The BAC kids certainly had a whale of time, learning about our precious water at Marina Barrage, one of our valuable water sources.