Africa Link 2018 - 2019
Headteacher of Sandbach Primary Academy
Global Citizenship - we have partner schools in Africa and for two years received funding from the British Council to develop global citizenship skills across 9 schools in our partnership.
2014-2015 and 2015-2016
The school contiues to link with two schools in Africa; Ottery Road Methodist Primary in Cape Town, South Africa and Lendy Park Primary in Marondera, Zimbabwe. In 2014 Mrs Treadway visited the schools in Cape Town to learn about the education system in South Africa and to work with the teachers from the other schools to plan how we could work together.
With two other local schools, Elworth Hall Primary and The Dingle Primary, we were awarded a British Council Connecting Classroom Grant to develop our link work with the our partner schools. Mrs Treadway travelled to Zimbabwe in 2015 to spend five days visiting the schools in Marondera, learning about their lessons, their environment, their culture and beliefs.
In June 2015, the Sandbach and Haslington schools were the hosts for six visiting teachers from South Africa and Zimbabwe. We helped our visitors to learn about our schools, our culture and our town.
Mrs Treadway visited Ottery Road Primary School over the Easter holiday 2014. It was a 14 hour flight to get to South Africa. The journey involved two plane journeys; one to Amsterdam and then a second on to Cape Town. Mrs Treadway visited Ottery Road Methodist Primary on two days and went to Wynberg Girls and Boys Junior Schools on the other days. The classrooms at Ottery Road are much more crowded than at Sandbach Community Primary. Each class has around 40 children in it. Children start school in Grade 1 at the age of 6 and stay until they are in Grade 7, when they are 13 years old. The children in the school work very hard as they must pass assesments in English and Afrikaans even though their first language is Xhosa. The pupils at Ottery Road are very good at dancing their traditional dances and playing the drums.
At the school Mrs Treadway took part in a tree planting as the school site has very few trees and only a little shade to protect the children from the very hot African sun. When Mrs Treadway was there the temperatures reached 34 degrees centigrade.
The children start school at about 8 o'clock in the morning and finish around 2 o'clock. Many children have to travel a long distance to get to school each day. The children have to bring their own lunch to school but some children are not able to do this. The school tries to make sure everyone has something to eat during the school day. In South Africa a child's parents must pay money for them to attend school.
Cape Town is a beautiful city. Table Mountain can always been seen. A variety of animals can be seen in the outskirts of Cape Town and in the sea including South African penguins, baboons, dassies, Great White sharks, dolphins, seals, ostriches and tortoises.
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