The answer to the above questions - yes, they are...well at least the ones I came across, are.
It all began, when I was given the charge of conducting this year's Story Pilots Scheme at our school where our P5 and P6 student volunteers would read out stories to their P1 counterparts, starting 5th December '16 till 9th December '16. Each day one P1 class would visit the English Room at freetime to listen to their Story Pilot volunteers read out to them.
The choosing of the Pilots was not easy as some of them were unsure about their storytelling skills and even more unsure about how to handle 6 years old during the session.
But with some encouragement from the teachers and their peers' words of assurance they took up the "challenge".
They were given the freedom of selecting the story books of their choice, keeping the age group in mind. After a couple of training and instruction sessions, the Story Pilots were ready for their job.
And boy oh boy, what a week it was.
All the 15 Story Pilot volunteers proved to be not only fantastic storytellers but also great managers. Although, there were teachers present during the sessions, the volunteers skillfully handled all the queries of the P1 students and also maintained the discipline at the same time. Needless to say, our young P1's got carried away at times but our Story Pilots saw to a smooth running of all the 5 sessions.
I was super impressed by our senior boys - at times they seemed like thorough professionals who have been telling stories for ages. Both the Pilots and their listeners enjoyed this activity to the fullest - the twinkling eyes, the soft chuckles, the loud laughter and the endless claps said it all. They were beautifully captured in frames.
For me, it was a totally new experience of its kind and it won't be untrue to say that I am already looking forward to next year's Story Pilots Scheme. Bravo to all our Story Pilots this year. Well done boys!
P.S. More photos of this scheme are available at our gallery.