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Partner School trip to Cape Town South Africa

Over February half term, Mrs Pritchard and three other Cheshire teachers, visited our partner schools in Cape Town, South Africa.  The format of our international links partnership, funded by The British Council, has altered recently and we are now part of a UK cluster which consists of Neston High, Whitby High School, Hillside Primary in Helsby and Weston Primary School in Runcorn.  In Cape Town, our partner schools are Siviwe School of Skills, ID Mikhize, Wynberg Girls Junior School and Ottery Road Methodist Primary School.  The four South African schools are located in very diverse areas, the two high schools are situated in the township of Gugulethu. 

Over the week the UK staff spent time in each of the four Cape Town schools, collaborating with other teachers, delivering lessons and developing ideas for embedding the links we have already made with these schools.

The British Council, as part of the funding process, require all the partnership schools to carry out a joint project based on one of the 17 sustainable development goals created by the United Nations.  We have chosen goal 13: Climate Action.  Much of the focus of this visit, involved the schools planning and working on projects that highlight what we can do as responsible citizens, to reduce climate change through recycling and using less plastic etc.

The UK staff delivered lessons on how to make eco-bricks and created a presentation of student pledges on recycling.  We are hoping that a future visit to Cape Town will enable us to create a seating area in the school grounds, made from the eco-bricks the schools will continue to create over the next 12 months.

We have also started to promote Climate Action at Neston.  Students have been saving their bottle tops so we can use them in Enrichment Week to create a display on zero waste.  A presentation on how to make eco-bricks has been shown in tutor groups.  We are looking forward to a reciprocal visit by some of the partner schools’ staff in June to continue the work.

Mrs Pritchard has said, “Despite the differing circumstances of the Cape Town schools, it was fantastic to see them all working together, overcoming barriers and striving towards the same goals.  I am really excited to carry on the work we have started, and feel very privileged to be part of an amazing team.”