Ghana is our longest established international project outside Europe (since 2008) and continues to thrive. We have so far raised $12,00 for local charities and schools which has contributed to a new hospital wing and furniture for a village school.
In October, head of history Derek Moir went on a teacher exchange with Tema Secondary School in Ghana. It was funded with a grant from The British Council Reciprocal Teacher Visit fund. The focus was the post-colonial period of Ghanaian history after 1957. This was chosen as it is a common thread in our A level course and the history course at Tema SS. He taught and observed history lessons there and went on history department visits to the slave forts. The history teacher from Tema SS, Maame Bunyan, returned with him and also observed and taught in the history and sociology classes here.
In October 2013 we will brought our second trip of 16 students and 4 staff to our partners in Ghana. We worked with the following institutions:
- ST JOHN BOSCO BASIC SCHOOL
- KORDIABE R.C. JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
- CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL
- TEMA SS SCHOOL
- PRINCESS MARIE LOUISE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
- WEIJA LEPROSARIUM FOR CURED LEPERS
During the trip we continued our work refurbishin Kordiabe village school. We will also conducted arts exchange days in 3 local partner schools and the Weija cured lepers’ leprosarium. We would like to thank Fr. Andrew Campbell and our Ghanaian partners for making our trips possible and their fantastic hospitality.
Ghana Trip 2011
The 12 (well, nearly 13) Bridges Walk 2011
As part of their fundraising for the Ghana project, staff and students completed nearly ten miles of walking across 12 Bridges over the River Thames.
The walk started at Battersea Bridge and ended on Tower Bridge on Sunday 9th May 2011.
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In recent years we have been hosting groups of teachers from Hubai Provence, China and providing professional development days for them to observe teaching practice in the UK. This is funded by the Chinese Government and the SSAT. During their visits they have also been contributing to lessons (including Chinese history as part of the A level course) and discussion sessions with our students.
For this work we received an award from the SSAT, recognising our ‘outstanding contribution’ to this programme. We are developing our work with them and contributed to the SSAT educational conferences.
We now have 2 partner schools in India.
- Achariya Bala Siksha Mandir is an international school in Puducherry, South East India, with a strong focus on sciences, mathematics, yoga and the performing arts. We have begun working on projects together and have received a British council grant to exchange teachers. Ella Saunders, our progressions officer will travel to India at the end of 2013. She hopes to develop her knowledge of international qualifications and opportunities for our students. A teacher from ABSM will exchange and teach and observe at The Brit School.
- Shaheed Rajpal D.A.V. Public School is situated in Delhi, North India and also has a strong focus on sciences, mathematics, yoga and the performing arts. We look forward to welcoming the principal and music teacher on June 10th who will visit the school for a week and teach North Indian classical music and dance to the theatre, musical theater and music departments. They will also observe teaching and learning.