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 McCarthy 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.
Mrs Adsett has visited many times with a range of different people, staff members, parents, ex-pupils, friends and family members. The intention is to sustain the link, making it like a rope rather than a piece of string.
Everyone who has taken part talks about the visits passionately and they all value it as a great opportunity for learning and for their own spiritual growth.
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 had a real impact in both schools are children are able to gain insights into life at each school.
All return with many happy memories and a strong understanding of each other. The link comes to life when a connection is made between people and is truly based on love and commitment for each other.
We look forward to the next Headteacher visit in January 2021. It is customary in the Gambia for Headteachers to change posts every two years.
Teaching and Learning Projects
Our project this year was SHINING BRIGHT, about sharing your talents and interests and shining bright in the world. It linked closely to the LIGHT in our school vision- LOVE-LIGHT-ALL.
Where there’s a dark corner in this world I’m going to let my little light shine.
Children here at Castlemorton and at Boraba School took part in the same three lessons and exchanged their work. Reading and learning about each other, sharing their talents and interests and making a star with a wish from me to you inside. The work in on display at both schools.
Fund raising is purposeful and made manageable with the main focus of the partnership being on curriculum. 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 Gambia Quiz and Supper 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