As part of the Government initiative ‘Global Dimensions’ St Nicolas Academy has partnered with Homelands Orphanage and Primary School in Uganda.
All members of St. Nicolas Primary School have created the Great British Flag using their individual handprints to take to Uganda.
Upon arrival, we received a warm welcome and the children and staff were overjoyed to see us. Charles, the headteacher, gave us a tour of the school and its ground. He was very excited to show us the projects our money has been spent on and ambitions for the future.
Thanks to the money raised from 'The Great School Run' Homelands Primary School have plastered the walls in their new classrooms.
This hole will collect water from the school buildings to prevent future drought.
Whilst we were at Homelands Primary School we taught a variety of lessons around the Olympic value of 'Friendship'.
The children enjoyed learning circle time games and songs.
The children made friendship bracelets for their new friends at St Nicolas.
We presented a flag with all the handprints of children and staff at St Nicolas. We then made the flag of Uganda with the handprints of all children and staff at Homelands.
We also taught a lesson around the Easter Story where the children sequenced the story and produced some wonderful artwork.
Following on from the lesson, the whole school took part in an Easter Egg Hunt to show them one of the ways we celebrate Easter in England.
Children at Homelands Primary School currently play netball and football on a weekly basis. They are keen sports players and were excited to learn how to play Rounders. The children and staff were excellent!
All children and staff at Homelands Primary School would like to say a huge thank you for the gifts they received. Thanks to your generosity all children at Homelands now have a pair of shoes to wear to school. They were overwhelmed with the kind gifts and children had big smiles on their faces all week.
To say goodbye to us, the children and staff hosted a closing ceremony. Each class performed a variety of personalised songs. They also celebrated our visit by showing us traditional Ugandan dancing, drumming and singing.
Throughout our visit, the children and staff made us feel so welcome and at home. They could not express their gratitude enough and were so happy to have us visit there school. The children had smiles on their faces all of the time, were a joy to teach and spend time with.