Breaking the ice…..

Have you ever felt the initial awkwardness of having a new colleague, or classmate, or neighbour?  Do you wish that there were ways to break the ice and get to know them a little more?  We definitely felt that need after two weeks of ALF running at full scale with both Ninth and Tenth Standard classes together for the first time.  We’ve been busy getting used to new routines and new people…. what better time to do some team building!  Last Friday girls had to get out of their comfort zones and work with each other on two group challenges.  The result:  some new friends and a lot of laughter.

Giggles of surpise as Fellows learn what they will have to do.
Giggles of surprise as Fellows learn what they will have to do….Each team was to get across a lake of acid (the carpet) without touching the acid even for a second.
Ankita shares her ideas with her team.
All they had to aid their safe crossing was two small sheets of cardboard which could protect them from the acid.  Here, Ankita shares her ideas with her team.
The crossing begins.  Pioneers from each team cross the lake.
The crossing begins. Pioneers from each team cross the lake.
These two intrepid lake-crossers seem to have been a bit ambitious
These two intrepid lake-crossers seem to have been a bit ambitious (10th Standard Aarti and 9th Standard Shelina)
Aarti manages to pull the platforms closer together.
Aarti manages to pull the platforms closer together.
Mangala encourages a tired team.
Mangala encourages a tired team.  Teams had to make multiple crossing to get all their members across, starting over if someone fell in the acid.
Jubilation as more team-mates cross the lake safely!
Jubilation as more team-mates cross the lake safely!

After the acid lake crossing, girls were very excited by their achievement, and there was a great buzz in the air!  They were tired, but we had one last thing in store.

Teams wait for their next instructions.
Teams wait for their next instructions.

Stephen announced that each team had to crowd onto one floor tile… this was easily done!  Then, everyone had to get onto half a floor tile, which meant being physically very close, but it was still possible.  After that girls had to figure out how to fit their team onto  a quarter of a floor tile!

Divya's not so sure about a quarter tile, though!
Divya’s not so sure about a quarter tile, though!
Holding on tight to stay in the space!
Holding on tight to stay in the space!
This team works out how to save floor space.... lift some of the team members off the floor!
This team works out how to save floor space…. lift some of the team members off the floor!

Girls had to work out how to do something uncomfortable and new together, with girls that they hadn’t worked with before, and perhaps hadn’t even spoken with before.    Besides cheering a gloomy monsoon day, we’re sure that these activities helped girls develop leadership skills and forge friendships.

Check back in a few days to see more photos from this fun afternoon!


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