Smiling Valley Intermediate School, South Africa

Initial Meeting in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

August 2009

While on a family holiday, Mrs Finch (Deputy Head teacher) met the principal of the school in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on August 7th 2009. This is 300km away from the school, which is close to East London. Mr Mongezi Mncono and his wife came to spend an evening to discuss details of each school and to plan ways in which the partnership can develop for the benefit of students in both schools.

Mr Mncono received a plaque from Byrchall which had been made by the Product Design department. He also received a DVD about life at Byrchall High School that had been filmed and edited by students in their ICT lessons. Mrs Finch received a booklet about life in Smiling Valley Intermediate School which had been put together by the staff and the students.

Students from Byrchall sent postcards to the students of Smiling Valley and also gave their views about what they thought life was like at a school in South Africa.

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