CHILDREN at a Worcester school had a "fantastic experience" being taught by Kenyan visitors.
St Clement's CE Primary School in Henwick Road welcomed Bernard Nzoiki and Winfred Kyule from Kyeleni School as part of an annual exchange visit between the partnered schools.
Pupils sang friendship songs, learnt how to make traditional Kenyan bags and found out more about their African pen pals during the special visit.
Mandy Mason, international coordinator at St Clement's, said: "We have had a partnership for many years and it is a fantastic experience for children in both countries, sharing lives and cultures and working together to become global citizens.
"During this last week, two members of staff from Kyeleni visited St Clement’s and our children and staff have had a brilliant experience.
"This year’s topic has been peace and conflict and the focus has been on friendship – both schools have been writing to their reciprocal pen pal classes and there has been lots of discussion on friendships and resolving problems.
"The partnership is extremely important to both schools and we are looking forward to many more years of involvement."
St Clement's, which has benefitted from Connecting Classrooms funding to support the exchange project, has just been accredited with the International Schools Award for its work.
The British Council praised the school for this achievement, stating "your passion for global education is palpable".
Previous work between the two schools has focused on themes including water, farming, houses and homes.
St Clement's staff have created a library for the children and staff at Kyeleni while representatives of the Kenyan school built a mud hut in the Worcester school's grounds.
BERNARD AND WINIFRED WILL BE ARRIVING ON MONDAY THE 14TH SEPTEMBER 2015
The PTA are holding a English cream tea on Wednesday the 16th September at 3.30pm after school. We plan to hold it outside in the quad. All parents are welcome!!!
Please join us at celebration assembly on Friday 18th September to wish Bernard and Winifred a safe journey. We will also be celebrating our partnership with Kyeleni school which is so important to us!
On Saturday 28th January 2012 Mrs Mason, Mrs Brown and Mrs Castle went to Kenya to visit our partner school, Kyeleni Primary School. Here is their report!
When we arrived there was a welcome ceremony and we presented the school with the donated gifts and the money raised by St Clement’s children. Kyeleni Primary School children were really excited because they were able to choose to use some of this money to purchase a range of balls – they love football in particular.
We were given a tour of the village, including the Catholic Church, Dispensary (medical centre) and the Bore Hole. The children have to walk about 1 kilometre to the bore hole every day to collect clean water for drinking and they carry back very heavy containers with sufficient water for 800 children! You can see me trying to balance a wheelbarrow with two containers of water in it, it was really heavy and very tricky!
The following day we held question and answer sessions with pupils and teachers in various classes. The children were fascinated to hear how low the temperature drops here, they have never experienced below zero! We shared English and Kiswahili action songs and worked with the children after inspiring them with our banner and our learning logs. We took some traditional English cake to share with staff that we had baked the evening before. They liked the cake, however they did think it was rather sweet! The children tried to show and teach some traditional Kenyan dances to us. The dances were very difficult to learn, but they were very polite and didn’t laugh at us (too much!)
On the final day we arrived early to witness the children hoist the Kenyan flag and sing their national anthem. They do this each week to symbolise how proud they are of their country. They were very sad to say ‘goodbye’ to us and we were very sad to be leaving.