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School News

A celebration of diversity

In February, Sir Robert Hitcham CEVAP School, Debenham held a Diversity Week based around the theme of Africa.  Working in mixed age groups, pupils from Year 1-6 learnt about life in a village in the region of Kagera, in Tanzania. In a series of workshops, they found out about school, tasted tropical fruits, were taught about the importance of protecting wildlife and learnt songs in Swahili. The workshop days ended in an assembly where pupils shared their learning and sang their new songs together. 

The Kagera sessions were arranged through the Diocese of St Edmundsbury, which has a link with this Christian community in Tanzania. The workshop leaders, who had visited Kagera, were very knowledgeable and encouraged pupils to participate, ask questions and try new experiences. We are very grateful to our Friends of School who paid for the workshop sessions. 

It was very important that the pupils were aware of diversity within Africa and understood that there are cities, sky scrapers, wealthy people and a rich range of languages and cultures. We used images and video to find out more about different places and the lives of children. Throughout the week the pupils learnt more about life in Tanzania, found out about famous Africans and considered how their lives are similar or different to those of children in other countries.  Each class chose to extend their learning in different ways. Using African art and fabric as a starting point, children created a range of paintings, fabric designs and their own pieces of tie dye. 

Our Early Years pupils braved a chilly trip to Africa Alive to find out about African animals. Their learning in the week included the use of stories, a role play hut and African based art and music.

At the end of the week, we welcomed parents to view the pupils’ work and hear about their learning. Pupils in Year 5 and 6 treated their audience to a beautifully performed song, ‘Mungu na sisi milele’, God is with us forever, which they had been learning in their music lessons. This included accompaniment from pupils playing a wide range of instruments and the djembe to keep the rhythm throughout. 

50th Birthday Celebrations

Congratulations to St Mary's CofE Primary School, Hadleigh who celebrated their 50th birthday on 15 March 2018.

The special day celebrated the life and impact of the school by sharing children's research about the history of the school and Hadleigh; followed by a buffet lunch for invited guests and a party lunch for children.

Bishop Mike officially opened the school's spiritual garden following a special service at St Mary's Church.

A wonderful day was had by all.  The EADT also featured this story, please click here to read more.