Catholic Junior College students ate with migrant construction workers and even played ball games with them in the school compound recently.
The Aug 26 outreach programme was part of the college’s “Bread Basket” project, which on three previous occasions saw the students packing and delivering food and toiletries to workers at their dormitories.
The day began with about 60 workers and 30 students forming groups and playing simple games as an icebreaker.
A buffet lunch followed and after that it was down to various ball games.
The day drew to a close with the workers being presented with game equipment such as cricket bats, carrom boards and checkers games.
Mr Arulraj and Mr Selvakumar from India, Mr Babu from Bangladesh, and Mr Qian Jin from China said they enjoyed themselves, adding that the food was good.
For the students, the event was a good learning experience.
Yeo Hwee Shan said interacting with the migrants helped her to appreciate their contribution to Singapore.
Romeo Marcel Kurniawan agreed, saying that the day’s event was to show appreciation for their hard work.
Oh Ying Han added that he was happy to see the workers actively involved in the games.
The project was part of the college’s Service Learning Project, and was assisted by the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ACMI).
By Don Gurugay