News from Bethlehem 7

Posted in Blog on 19th November 2009

The weather is now well and truly British! The clear skies at night mean that it is quite chilly here now, and Hannah is feeling the lack of enough warm clothes! Fortunately, I bought a lovely warm shawl in Jerusalem and a couple of scarves, so may be able to manage for the next two and a half weeks. It’s been lovely to see our groups and individuals being able to use the therapeutic space in the sessions for creative music-making. Staff are gradually becoming able to allow pupils to experiment with improvisation, which we think is very brave of them, as none of them are musicians first and foremost. The students are also very committed to attending their sessions. One 16 year-old boy yesterday had asked if he could go home as he had a tooth-ache. On being told, yes, but he would miss his music as therapy group, he immediately changed his mind! Staff were very impressed with this turnaround, as this particular student struggles with the daily routine of school. The colder weather has also given Hannah and I the excuse of finding more delicious snacks to fill us up. Yesterday in a break we discovered a lovely little café with filled pita breads, and also bought pastries to eat with our afternoon cup of tea. Later on this evening, our housemother Aisha will no doubt make us a pot of tea, brewed with sage, the traditional Palestinian way of drinking tea.

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