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.
This year a party of 8 visited in February. We celebrated 10 years of Mrs Adsett visits and were pleased that a parent and an ex-pupil were part of the group.
We have embedded aspects of teaching and learning related to Gambian life and culture into our curriculum, with all classes using it as a stimuli for an annual project. 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 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.
Mrs Fatty (in pink) is handing over to Mrs Jallow (with the gold handbag) and we look forward to the next Headteacher visit in the Autumn Term 2016. It is customary in the Gambia for Headteachers to change posts every two years.
Teaching and Learning Projects
Our project this year was based on the books ‘ Only One You’ and ‘You be You’ by Linda Kranz which explain some of the wisdom of life to Adri; a young fish about to find out about the world. The children all made their own unique fish and shared their creations by exchanging work between schools. They also made values badges and thought about what life was like in UK and in Gambia.
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 and focus our support on school materials, nursery teacher salaries 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 and the jumble sale were a huge success and raised valuable funds for the school. Private donations from other committed partners also remain key to sustaining the work we are able to support.
A huge thanks for your generosity.
To view photo books created from previous year’s please follow the links below
Knowledge Organiser Gambia 3