Successful fortnight with Gliwadzi teachers
We have spent the past fortnight hosting teachers from our Kenya link school, Gilwadzi Friends Primary School in Western Kenya.
Josephat, Florence and Solomon have been kept very busy observing school life at Brookside, seeing how English classrooms are run as well as taking drumming and singing workshops with classes across the school, cooking the staff a traditional Kenyan morning tea, including mandazi (doughnuts) and Kenyan tea (where the milk is boiled up with the tealeaves and hot water), and cooking the children the traditional Kenyan staple food – ugali – and popcorn over the fire in the Forest School area.
Brookside children have learnt traditional Kenyan greetings including Jambo in Kiswahili, as well as Murembe from Gilwadzi’s local mother tongue, Maragoli; as well as lots about life in Kenya and the differences between the lives of children in both countries.
The Kenyan teachers have also been enjoying a jam-packed extra curricular programme including trips to London, Wells Cathedral, Cheddar Gorge, a visit to a circus show at Wookey Hole, a skittles evening, as well as visits to other local schools that have a link with Kenyan schools.
The visit has cemented the link between the two schools, with visits planned for the future in order to give our children a sense of and appreciation for other cultures and a greater global perspective.