Starfish Malawi School Partnership
The Priors School has been working with Starfish Malawi to establish a link with Chimsolo School in Malawi. We have been visited by Chris Knott who led an assembly about our partnership with Chimsolo School. Starfish Malawi is a Christian foundation which works with schools in Britain and Malawi to furnish an opportunity for them to share curriculum, culture and values. The aim is to increase pupils' global understanding and awareness.
Some of our pupils have put together a school newsletter to share with Chimsolo school as a way of opening our dialogue and relationship with them. More detail may be found by visiting the excellent website: www.starfishmalawi.com. Do take a few moments to have at look at this with your children. We have the special 'Starfish Malawi' song in school and we will be listening to this and learning the words.
This year we are planning to have 3 half days in which we share and work on global curriculum themes with Chimsolo. I shall also be encouraging some of our pupils to have phone calls with our partners in Malawi. The Starfish charity is also exploring ways in which may be able to set up a skype facility to enable pupils to talk face to face in the future.
To enhance our links further, we are excited to confirm that Miss Whatcott’s application to take part in a teaching exchange with our link school in Malawi has been accepted by the British Council. Miss Whatcott will spend a week during October half term break working in our partner school, Chimsolo.
As part of this exchange we will be welcoming a teacher from Malawi, Henry Wane, to work alongside us at the Priors School. This will give our pupils a unique opportunity to understand everyday life, education and culture in Malawi further. We also hope this opportunity increases and strengthen links between Chimsolo and the Priors School and paves the way for future visits and shared information.
We are thrilled to announce that an intrepid group of mothers and other local supporters have raised a fantastic £1,800 for the Starfish Malawi charity by completing the 3 Peaks Challenge in an impressive 23 hours 42 minutes and 27.2 seconds.
The money raised as gone directly into a programme of irrigation and a demonstration garden at Chimsolo school as well as the Starfish Education Programme.