Smiling Valley Intermediate School, South Africa

First Visit to Smiling Valley School

August 2010

In August 2010 Mrs Finch and Mrs Hudson decided to spend their holidays in South Africa and to also visit the school for a few days. This was shortly after the FiFA World Cup had been held in South Africa.

The pupils of Smiling Valley knew that the World Cup had taken place, but had not seen any of the games. The boys loved to play football, but they did not have a proper kit or a football field to play on. The school put on days of special displays and activities which would help us to understand about the Xhosa culture and life in this area of South Africa. These included:

  • Special welcome with flags of the 2 countries
  • Football match between England and South Africa
  • Netball match between England and South Africa
  • Drama, music and dance
  • Visit to the home of one of the pupils
  • Local food
  • Visit from the Education Director and a commitment to support global partnerships
  • Helping pupils to write letters

The Byrchall staff were treated as very special guests, as the images show.

The pupils from Byrchall had sent letters, they had made a DVD about life at Byrchall and gifts were also given to enable the partnership to develop and allow staff and pupils to communicate together.

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