The Mityana Secondary School team arrived on Friday 24 March. They stayed until Monday 3 April. During the course of the first weekend they stayed with families. They went to London on the Saturday and did a variety of things on Sunday from visiting Winchester Cathedral to going to the sea side and dipping their tows in the very cold water! Dodie reports on their visit…
Midweek they stayed locally in St Mary Bourne and each evening we have had a time to think about the day, what we have done, see or heard and how it has affected us.
Last weekend they went to London and spent Sunday with a buddy
- They loved the Globe, Buckingham palace, the Eye
- They couldn’t really believe the family affection, the love and generosity
- They were amazed at the fact that we lost an hour, the cold water when dipping toes into the sea. The great affection families have for their dogs
- Favourite lessons included Maths, Music, PE and because they both teach the subject, Geography. And the ones they found difficult (especially on Tuesday) were French, Spanish and a Chemistry test!
- They were impressed by time management, loved the lunches, especially fish and chips
- They have never caught a bus to school, had a French lesson, been videoed whilst working, got lost and found herself in the school theatre, had a history lesson on the Romans, tried a ballet lesson.
- In the two primary schools they visited they loved talking to the children, answering questions about themselves and their country. They were impressed by the awareness of their links school and how it is integrated into their school curriculum. They loved playing the drums, listening to the words of a song the kids sang about a world with no hunger, no war and no suffering.
- In Whitchurch at the Methodist church they sang and danced and spent time sitting around tables with the ‘jajjas’ (the old folk) and they loved the hugs at the end and all the cakes, biscuits and scones…
And finally the special moments. When I asked them to finish a sentence it began
Today made me feel:
- Very good inside because of the love and warmth people here have for Uganda
- Very special
- That in the last week my confidence has grown
- Very loved and cared for
- Very proud to be Ugandan.
Each of the team chose a ‘special moment’ and here are some of them
- Horse riding
- Talking with the older people
- St Mary Bourne school and their Uganda day
- Interacting with staff and pupils at Testbourne.
- A dog called Dexter
- Being able to answer questions about my own country.
They and we are very proud of the partnership. Testbourne’s 2017 team go to Mityana in October.
Madame Damalie teaches Geography and is Deputy head
The team sang for the children at Ecchinswell
They played with the Ugandan footballs
Mrs Ruth Beasely and Mr Sammy Nsereko
Benjamin is Head Boy
Grace is doing her A levels and loves literature
Maurice in 16 and is very good at football
Panie is 16 and in Senior 3 (Yr 10)