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International Day of the African Child

 

Every year since 1991 the International Day of the African Child is celebrated in June. The event honours those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976, when many schoolchildren were shot by police as they protested at the inadequacy of education in the township. The day helps raise awareness of the continuing need for imporvement of the education provided to African children. This June (2015) year 6 children participated in the celebrations held at Brookhurst School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parlez vous Francais?

 

In All Saints' all classes learn French as an additional language and we are fortunate to have a link with a school in Seaux, near Paris, in France. Mrs Garrett has visited the school and recently one of the teachers from there came to visit us in school. Mr Nicol enjoyed spending time in each class talking to the children about their learning. He and Mrs Garrett led an assembly, talking with the children about his school and some of the similarities and differences between the two schools. Our children wrote postcards for Mr Nicol to take back to the children in his school and we are looking forward to developing the link with them in the future. 

 

 

 

 

Friends of Bo

 

The Friends of Bo Club is run by Mrs Garrett who has visited Bo in Sierra Leone several times. Each class has elected two representatives for the 2014-15 school year. The aim of the club is to sustain the friendship link we have been running since 2011 with a primary school in Bo called New Gerihun Road, Upper. We try to exchange letters, work and ideas each term. The club has been busy at its Tuesday lunchtime meetings. The children have been looking at photos and videos to learn more about life in Bo, and hearing news up-dates and discussing how best to respond to the Ebola crisis which is currently bringing life to a stand-still in Bo where no schools have been open since the end of June. The children decided to organise some fundraising and to write prayers for use in assemblies throughout the school.

 

 

Prayer for Bo written by by Daisy and Ruby Year 5.

Dear God, Please help to stop this dreadful disease. It is shortening our friends' lives and blocking their view to a brighter future. Please help the doctors and nurses find a cure for Ebola so things can go back to normal. Amen.

 

 

A very successful non-uniform day (where the children were encouraged to wear the colours of the Bo flag, green, white and blue) and a cake sale raised £346. This will go directly where it is needed through the charity One World Link which has close ties with people in Bo. A big thank you to all who supported the events.

 

 

 

Day of the African Child

 

The Day of the African Child 2014 was another memorable day celebrating our links with Sierra Leone. Children from local school schools gathered at St Patrick's in Leamington Spa for a day of cultural exploration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

African Adventure

 

Mrs Garrett returned from her British Council-funded Connecting Classrooms trip to Bo, Sierra Leone with some wonderful experiences to share with everyone.

 

The banner that All Saints' children had created to be presented to their link school was greatly appreciated, and a year 6 boy gave a speech of thanks.

 

 

 

Mrs Garrett presented our link school with a bag of football kit and other teaching resources.

 

 

The children in classes 5 and 6 at BDEC Upper School loved their new football kit.

 

 

Emscote Infant School's link school BDEC Lower played a match against BDEC Upper; the final score was 2:0 to Upper School!

 

 

The children were able to use the new thermometers donated by All Saints' to measure the midday temperature; it was 38 degrees centigrade in the sun and 31 degrees in the shade of the classroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having seen a non-uniform day at All Saints' on her visit to this country in 2012, headteacher Hannah Massalley was inspired to introduce a similar initiative at her school where children could wear "cultural clothes".

 

 

Chair of the school management committee (left) with Abdul George (deputy headteacher) and Hannah Massalley.

 

 

On Fridays the children say their prayers in Arabic.

 

 

Playtime!

 

 

There were many fascinating sights to be seen; this man was carrying 10 double mattresses on his head.

 

 

Since 2013 the centre of Bo has been lit at night by solar street lights. This is one of many new developments seen in the town in recent years, including roads being tarmaced and refuse being collected.

 

 

The four teachers from Leamington and Warwick who travelled to Bo were presented with some traditional clothes as farewell gifts.

 

 

African Link

 

Year 4 class teacher Mrs Garrett is the co-ordinator for One World Link (OWL) which has forged links between local schools and schools in Bo, Sierra Leone for over 30 years. On 7th February she and three other local teachers flew out to Bo for a 10-day visit. All of the children in All Saints' helped to create a friendship banner with messages and pictures of themselves for Mrs Garrett to take with her. It will be displayed in our link school, New Gerihun Road Primary School. We look forward to her return with all the news from our friends in Bo.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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