We are fortunate to have a link with St Lwanga Catholic Primary School in Njoro, Kenya. This link grew from an established link between Egerton Primary School in Knutsford (whose Headteacher is one of Brereton’s parents) and Egerton Primary School in Njoro, Kenya. These schools were both established by Lord Egerton of Tatton Park. From this one link over thirty Cheshire Schools have now established their own thriving partnerships.
We first visited Njoro in 2012. Now four teachers from Brereton have visited the Rift Valley and five teachers from St Lwanga have visited Brereton.
During the first visit we established our partnership agreement. As the visits are funded through the British Council we have to ensure that our partnership is equitable, not charitable.
St Lwanga Catholic Primary School and Brereton Church of England Primary School Partnership Agreement
Integrating the global dimension as a theme which links subjects, events and our school ethos together in the sight of God for the benefit of all.
We will establish and maintain high standards by:
· Monitoring and evaluating our partnership
· Headteachers taking the lead role in our partnership
· Learning from the good practise of our ten partner schools involved in the Local Authority Grant
· Maintaining the already high standards of teaching and learning within both schools
· Strengthening our partnership as we continue on our global journey
Our educational objectives are to:
· To develop critical thinking around global issues
· To weave the global dimension throughout our school curriculum
· To establish professional debate and discussion amongst all staff
· To share and complete joint curricular projects
Values and Principles
Our values and principles are:
· To develop Christian values in a global context
· To develop an inclusive learning community
· To promote open-mindedness and a willingness to learn from the experience of others
· To value all people as equal and different
Mr Jones and Mrs Riley’s visit to St Lwanga Catholic Primary School
It was great to arrive in Kenya after twenty-four hours of travelling. We were welcomed to the school with a special assembly. The 650 pupils sang for us, performed poems and a group performed an amazing tribal dance in full costume! At St Lwanga they hold their assemblies outside in a sunny rectangular quadrant.
We then spent our time in the classes. St Lwanga has sixteen classes in the main school and four classes in the ECD (Early Childhood Development Centre). We worked on global questions such as what are the main problems facing the world today? We also took over books which our pupils had written about playground games, traditional dances and musicians. In the younger classes we worked on ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, ‘The Hodgeheg’ and ‘Not Now Bernard.’
Mr Jones loved teaching the children football skills and teaching a class of 98 pupils!
Mrs Riley loved reading stories to the children, hearing them read to her and inspecting the Scout troupe!
The Rift Valley is incredibly beautiful, It is lush and green and home to many amazing creatures.
We were lucky enough to spend our weekend travelling around the Rift Valley.
We drove through tea and coffee plantations and crossed the equator.
Our Kenyan hosts also took us on safari.