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QUGQWALA: OUR SOUTH AFRICAN PARTNER SCHOOL
In October, I was lucky enough, alongside Miss Norman, to travel to South Africa and meet our partner school - Qugqwala. It was an incredible experience and I hope that I have brought some of it back with me to Chesterton. The partnership between our schools is impressive! As soon as I arrived, I saw the Chesterton flag flying and photos/letters which we have sent previously. Four years ago, Miss Norman and Miss Gascoigne helped to build and set up their library. This is very much up and running and it’s a lovely sight to see. It was quite magnificent walking into a room on the other side of the world to see so much related to Chesterton! The garden, which is still going strong, was created two years ago on Mr Horner and Mrs Meaney’s visit! The children eat fresh vegetables grown from the garden and we were able to try the spinach and potatoes.

Our project this year is to increase awareness of gender equality in both schools. We have been working hard in Chesterton to ensure that everyone has an equal chance to succeed. We took the activities and ideas over to Qugqwala and completed them with the children. We bought the children two footballs and, as we left, it was wonderful to see girls joining in a sport they said would usually be played by the boys! With support from our link with one of Qugqwala teachers, Babalwa, we hope this continues!

Our week in Qugqwala was incredible and the children and staff are just fantastic! I know children in Beech Class are enjoying sending videos and pictures. It really was the best experience and one I will never forget!
Miss Phillips
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Chesterton CE Primary School              Alchester Road, Chesterton, Bicester              Oxon OX26 1UN
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