A primary school has celebrated its link with a school in Kenya by experiencing African culture in every area of the curriculum.
Over 200 students participated in events held throughout the week, which included authentic kente weaving, kanga printing, jewellery making and tribal mask painting.
Local artist Judy Baker paid a visit to produce a large mosaic of an African scene with pupils, which will be mounted on the front of Southill school.
The week ended with an open afternoon on Friday where parents and relatives were able to buy African cakes, food and jewellery, which raised more than £600. All of the proceeds will go towards community projects in the area where Kalewa School is situated.
Teacher Karen Boyce and teaching assistant Sue Aitken flew to Kenya in February. During their visit, Mrs Boyce and Mrs Aitken met staff and taught children.
Mrs Boyce believes that pupils at Southill are going to be well educated in African culture due to the link.
“I think it’s important that our students learn about African culture and other people’s lives especially as there’s not a very large ethnic minority in this area. The staff at Kalewa Primary School are going to teach our pupils about Mount Kenya and we’re going to teach theirs about the Jurassic Coast as they’re both world heritage sites.”
Mrs Boyce hopes that they will secure funding to send another two teachers to Kalewa School and to pay for a visit from an African teacher next June.
She added: “Our trip to the school in Africa emphasised how fortunate our students are and how well funded British schools are. None of the pupils at Kalewa are lucky enough to have the books, facilities and resources that the children at Southill have.”
“Staff and students at the school thoroughly enjoyed the week. Everyone had a fantastic time and learnt a lot not only about the area we live but also African culture.”