A group of 30 students from Form 6 and accompanying staff have just returned from Kenya, where they spent time teaching and working with pupils in two local primary schools.
One of the accompanying teachers, Matthew Sutterby, tells us more:
“After months of fundraising and the recent weeks of planning lessons and making resources, the long-awaited trip to Kenya for 30 Form 6 pupils was underway.
During the long drive from our short-lived overnight stay at the picturesque Wildebeest Eco Camp towards Naivasha, spirits were high, with everyone keen to see the pupils (at Maua Primary School and Sher Moi School) and the refurbishment tasks that awaited them. We were not to be disappointed: hundreds of smiling faces and high fives all around was more like reuniting of old friends. Traditional songs and dancing resonated off the flaking plastered walls, single chalk board and rotting wooden window shutters – a stark reminder of why we were there. Seeing murals painted by last year’s pupils was another positive driving force to give everything to the cause.
Every moment of the weekend was a hive of activity, with support and encouragement constantly given by all, as pupils bonded with each other whilst they painted and plastered, scrubbed and sanded in the dust and heat; all with the same common goal – to improve the lives of those less fortunate.
Teaching classes of over 30 pupils, some with very little English, was an enjoyable but very rewarding challenge, as our students immersed themselves in practical activities teaching the Kenya pupils about planets, the British monarchy and First Aid to name just a few. With no shelter available whilst teaching sporting activities in the heat of the Kenyan sun, the vast enthusiasm of the young children kept us going for hours. What a great two days!
Some well-earned R and R to end the trip came in the form of a safari, and even seeing an endangered rhino, and visiting an elephant orphanage and a giraffe sanctuary; some of us where ‘lucky’ enough to kiss Stacey the giraffe! Haggling for local goods at the Masai market tested all of us, even some teachers, but it rounded off another great ‘once in a lifetime’ experience to never forget.”
To read the students' blogs written during the trip, click here.