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TRANSFORMING SCHOOLS IN MALAWI

Thanks in part to the Fundraising at Petersfield in the Summer term 2017, Karen was able to purchase equipment for her 'life changing' Malawi visit during the summer holidays. In 2018, we raised £102.84 to continue this work. This visit was unfortunately delayed but is planned for the next holiday and we look forward to hearing about the impact of this work soon.

Malawi 1

Having travelled the 12 hour flight over night to Johannesburg in South Africa we then took another flight to Lilongwe in Malawi. There we were met by our drivers ready for the 7 hour drive to Rhumpi the village in the North of Malawi that was to be our home for the next week. We arrived safe and sound if not a little exhausted 30 hours after leaving home. Malawi 2 The next morning we were awoken at around 5.30am by a very loud cockerel heralding the dawning of a new day. By 6.30am it was already hot and dusty. We unpacked the equipment that you had kindly donated towards and met the visiting teachers to show them how to assemble and use it to deliver lessons. In the afternoon we took the kit and the teachers to the individual schools.

Malawi 3

We drove through villages with what can best be described at mud huts with holes for windows and palm or banana tree leaves for roofs. Goats, pigs, cows and children some as young as 18 months old mixed freely and roamed free range along the sides of the roads. People on bikes sometimes as many as 5 people on one bike or men with 4 metre long tree trunks strapped to them riding along the road oblivious to any cycle or road safety it was definitely a free for all. Malawi 4 Locals selling their produce at the side of the road mostly tomatoes, cabbage and pawpaw, laid out on the dirt floor. Woman with babies strapped to their backs and huge containers of water on their heads miles from anywhere, happily waved as we drove along.

The schools were up in the mountains so we had to leave what I have loosely referred to as roads to edge slowly up the dirt tracks which resembled dried river beds with huge cracks, bumps, and vertical drops. I will never complain about the pot holes on our British roads again having got beached on one which was so deep and the width of the road making it unavoidable and stuck in another the length of the car.

Malawi 5

The next morning and the Cockerel alerts us that we should arise. Once again we make our way to the village schools to watch the teachers set up the equipment in their own classrooms, ensuring they would be able to confidently use it when we were gone. We had been asked to watch the delivery of a lesson and give feedback. We were not sure if this would be possible as we had learnt that it was school summer holidays in Malawi and thought no children would be around. How wrong we were. Malawi 6 Malawi 7 The Head Teachers had sent out word that we were coming and asked for children to come along and come they did, by the dozen, many having walked two –three hours to get there. We met local tribal chiefs, church ministers, education inspectors, teachers and even members of the PTA who all welcomed us with open arms. I have never met such a friendly group of people anywhere. We had been told that many of the locals, in particular the children had never seen white people before and were a little shy to begin with but soon warmed to us.. We were taught a few local phrases and learnt a lot about local customs and ways of life. We played games with the children, they taught us some of their games and we taught them some of ours, 'Simple Simon' was greeted with much hilarity and raucous laughter. One of the primary schools we supported had 1134 pupils in 7 classrooms with 1 teacher per class, meaning there were 7 teachers for the whole school and that included the head and deputy head. Some of the classes had 180 pupils.

We were taught by some local trades people how to chop fire wood and plaster the walls of the schools. The village woman made us food and gifts of bags of popcorn as their main crop is maize and ground nuts. We felt humbled that these people who have nothing would do that for us. In general the Women in these small rural locations do not work and the minimum wage is 75p a day. It is not unusual for parents to have 7/8 children. This means a labourer earns 75p a day to feed his whole family, therefore most people grow their own produce in huge fields to help feed themselves this is done by hand as there is no farm machinery.

This was my first experience of doing anything like this and we met some amazing people who told us we had changed their lives and the educational opportunities for their children. I certainly know they have changed my life, I plan to go again maybe when I go again next year we will find a group of children playing 'Simple Simon' and we'll be able to donate more equipment and change more lives.

To view my photographs you can find me on Instagram – karen.grieves. For further information please feel free to email me at karen.grieves@sky.com or for latest updates about the work that is being done check out http://www.bwenguprojects.co.uk/.

Thank you once again for your generous support.
Karen

Latest News

7th Nov - Today we welcomed Mrs Chadwick into school to meet staff, pupils and some parents at the gate. Mrs Chadwick is really looking forward to starting as Co-Headteacher in January. Do say 'hello' when you see her!

3rd Dec - Today we welcomed our County Primary Advisor, Emma Fuller, into school virtually. She was pleased to report on our effective safeguarding.

2nd Dec - Tonight FGB met virtual to review the work of the school. One action was to agree the 2022-23 term dates which will be uploaded to the website soon.

2nd Dec - This afternoon we welcomed Mrs Coulson, our Diocese EDRA, into school virtually. It was lovely to share our curriculum learning with her and to talk about how our reflective areas have continued to be well used despite necessary modification over the last year.

2nd Dec - What a showcase of your curriculum learning your assembly was Yew Class! Well done! You indeed have the power in you! Thank you to all the parents who joined us.

1st Dec - Today, we explored our next 'Walk through the Bible' story.

1st Dec - Breathe in! Well done everyone, flu vaccinations were administered by the wonderful visiting health team at Petersfield today.

30th Nov - Thank you to Rev. Felicity for leading our virtual Christingle service. This is always a moment of awe and wonder. Rev Felicity lit her advent wreath. Ours is in Ash class this year so our youngest pupils can see it in person.

30th Nov - Today we were delighted to welcome the English Advisor into school to review the fantastic writing in KS1. Whilst she only met with Miss Way and Mrs Penrose to review the books due to Covid, we were able to celebrate the quality of the writing and plan for future teaching and learning.

26th Nov - INSET day. School is closed on Friday 26th November to all pupils, parents and visitors for staff training.

25th Nov - In today's Celebration Collective Worship, pupils and staff who have shown generosity were recognised. Children were tasked with being generous with their time over the INSET long weekend.

24th Nov - Wow Ash class! Your biscuit making looked so fun. What superb biscuits you made.

24th Nov - We enjoyed showcasing year 5 and 6 writing as we worked with the English advisor yesterday.

19th Nov - Thank you for everyone's generosity in donating to Children in Need on Own Clothes day.

19th Nov - Today we virtually shared the Road Safety learning which had taken place in each class this week. The posters to remind us all how to keep safe, especially when it is dark, are to be posted around the school.

19th Nov - Well done to year 3 and 4 for their Bikeability participation today.

18th Nov - 'Brilliant' and 'Fantastic' were just two of the words used in feedback to describe the fantastic Rowan Class Assembly today. Well done done Rowan Class!

17th Nov - Well done to our top 3 finishers, all our runners for taking part and to our fantastic pupils who cheered on their team mates and other schools at the Cross County.

12th Nov - This morning pupils and staff were full of smiles as they headed off to their first school visit - West Stow - in a long time.

11th Nov - Whilst Governor meetings, continue to be virtual, governors continue to dedicate their time to ensuring the strategic vision of the school. The focus for this evening's meeting included the recent behaviour training and the School Development Plan area of writing.

11th Nov - We continue to offer socially distanced, bespoke, external tours of the school for our September 2022 EYFS pupils. Today it was lovely to meet more preschool pupils. If your child is due to start school and you would like to book, please do contact the school office.

11th Nov - After following the standard bearer to the village gathering, Yew class joined the local community to mark the 11th November. In school, we also observed the silence and children brought in photos of family members in the forces to share.

11th Nov - Today, our Local Royal British legion representative joined us to unveil our pupil designed friendship bench, dedicated to the memory of Mr Bob Bryant, a long time great friend to Petersfield.

10th Nov - The range of skills and knowledge showcased through this half term's homework projects are again fantastic to see. The children have started sharing their learning with their class today.

9th Nov - Today our Collective Worship focuses on Remembrance and memories. Mr Hollands' son made a fantastic presentation to show how the wonderful new Hollands Trophy was made.

4th Nov - Thank you to the new FOPS committee who met tonight. Their tireless work to support the school with fun events and fundraising is much appreciated.

4th Nov - Congratulations to our Hollands Cup and and Hollands Trophy winners today for excelling in music this term.

4th Nov - Today everyone was absolutely delighted to receive the Hollands Trophy which has been handmade by Chris Holland. This is a truly magnificent trophy and a fitting tribute in memory of Mr Hollands, a long standing supporter of music at Petersfield.

4th Nov - Well done to all our Headteacher Awards recipients today. Thank you to all the parents who joined us to share in recognising the many successes over the Autumn 1 half term.

3rd Nov - Thanks to our super year 6 English Challenge team, we came third and within 2 points of the winner in today's heat. What a super display of literacy skills and team work!

3rd Nov - Our pupil led basket ball sessions are proving VERY popular at lunchtime. Well done year 6!

2nd Nov - Our new Collective Worship theme is 'Generosity'. Together we have been thinking about examples of generosity shown in our Petersfield school community.

2nd Nov - Today we have talked about changes to break and lunchtimes and the children did a great job of showcasing these changes.

2nd Nov - Welcome back! It is great to have everybody back in school today and so enthusiastic about their learning!

1st Nov - After a busy INSET day of learning and planning, we look forward to welcoming pupils back tomorrow. Today's training focus was on promoting positive behaviour.

22nd Oct - Wow! Our Ash and Elm Black History Celebration was beautifully presented to KS2.

22nd Oct - School is now closed for the half term holiday. If you have a Covid case in the next 2 days, please do contact the school via the school email. Remember the clocks change and Monday 1st November is an INSET day! School will reopen to pupils, parents and visitors on 2nd November.

22nd Oct - Today is dedicated to the memory of Martyn Green.

22nd Oct - Following Parents' Evening, a copy of your child's report has come home today.

22nd Oct - Well done to our Year 6 children who have suggested the basket ball club, set it up, organised the resources, practised and are now ready to run taster sessions. Don't forget to complete their sign up sheet after half term!

21st Oct - Today saw the first of a two-part Collective Worship where pupils shared their curriculum learning, their work as part of Black History Month and linked this to our theme of being a 'light' to others.

21st Oct - Thank you to all the parents and carers who joined us for Parents' Evening tonight.

20th Oct - Thank you to everyone who joined the FOPS (PTA) AGM tonight. Welcome to the new Committee members. Thank you for the agreed donations to the school for the academic year.

20th Oct - Our Year 5 and 6 Playleaders completed the morning of training ready to support their peers at break times after the half term holidays.

21st Oct - Thank you to everyone who joined us for tonight's parent-teacher meetings. These are so important in supporting the children's learning.

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