Castlemorton CE Primary has been linked with a partner school in the Gambia since 2003. Sustaining and continuing the partnership is important to us and the whole community work hard to make this possible.
Boraba Lower Basic School is on the south bank close to the main town of Janjanbureh on Macarthy Island. It is in an extremely rural setting and serves nine villages. The children walk a good distance to school for their lessons and there are currently around 200 pupils at the school. We have become friends with the people and look forward to sharing our skills, knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning each year.
We have now embedded Gambian life and culture into our curriculum, with all classes using it as a stimuli for learning and teaching. We focus on similarities and feel privileged that the children have a real and active global dimension to their curriculum. We maintain this focus on teaching and learning and as the partnership has developed it has become clear that sharing best practice and keeping extremely clear about how the global link develops is a high priority.
Headteacher visits have taken place each year providing valuable insights for the children. Mrs Fatty’s recent visit was a great start to the school year and it was delightful to see her engaged with learning in every class. She has returned with many happy memories and a strong understanding of our school values. The link comes to life when a connection is made between people and is truly based on love and commitment for each other. Thank you to everyone for making her part of our wonderful community.
We have been lucky to gain a Connecting Classrooms Grant from the British Council and the project will be What we eat and grow when and why. Children at Castlemorton and Boraba will learn about each other’s environment, they will think about interdependence and sustainability. The project includes art work and creativity, with local artists teaching the children new skills.
We do support an element of fund raising however this is kept to a minimum and a strong distinction is drawn between the teaching and learning aspects of our link and the support we can offer the community. We keep to clear and simple principles. We only support with school fees and materials, nursery provision and the school gardens.
Fund raising efforts over the years have been overwhelming. Parents continue to find extra funds to support our continued partnership. The African supper evening was a huge success and raised valuable funds for the school. A huge thanks for your generosity.
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Here is the photo book for 2013- we hope you enjoy it.