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The 8th Annual Sports Day was recently held at the Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) on Saturday, 23rd August 2014 from 9am to 4pm. Organized by the Chin Student Orgsanisation (CSO) , and the staff, parents and students of AISM, the fun filled day drew more than 500 people including more than 400 Chin refugee students and about 40 teachers at the Australian International School Malaysia. The event opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by CSO Chairman Cung Tha and AISM Principal Mr. David Kilpatrick.
 
The five schools of CSO came together and participated in a range of sports and games including track events, volleyball, football, badminton, table-tennis and an egg and spoon race for the younger students. "It was a great day. Both the students and their parents enjoyed the event. We also had a great support from friends from the international communities and local Malaysians," said Mr. Kilpatrick, the principal of AISM. Sheila Martineau, the previous Project Coordinator for Service Learning at the school added, “Activities outside of the tiny classrooms that these refugee students study in are rare occasions and a source of great excitement for CSO students. Our annual Sports Day is a day of fun and high energy for all of them.”
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In the evening the winning teams and individuals were presented with sports medals and trophies for their effort. This was followed by an award ceremony for the first, second and third place prizes to outstanding students in their mid-year examination. The Chin students themselves are characteristically quiet, but the CSO were most appreciative. One of them said, "We are so grateful and very much encouraged when we see all the activities and support for our children. And we have great respect to you for your collaboration and help.” 
 
CSO is a community-based group formed in March 2005 by a group of Chin university students to provide informal educational services to the Chin refugee children residing in Kuala Lumpur. CSO consists of five learning centers across Kuala Lumpur with approximately 500 students that range from four years old up to 17 years of age. To find out more about the CSO, please head to their website at  www.csomalaysia.org . Further information about AISM’s many community projects can be found on these pages at IMPACT or through AISM’s Service Learning website


Written by Amelia Ooi
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