Three teachers from Olney and Lavendon visited Newton in 2010. In 2011 three headteachers from Newton came to visit their partner schools in the UK.
Representatives from the local schools in Olney and the surrounding area meet about twice a term to discuss their link with their partner school. It is hoped that we can apply for a further grant in 2014 to enable one member of staff from Lavendon, Olney Infant Academy, Olney Middle, and Ousedale Olney Campus to visit the schools in Newton and the teachers from Newton to visit us. If the application is successful, it is hoped that the UK teachers can deliver a week in the life of a British pupil” to the Newton children and that their teachers can do something similar when they visit us. Communication between the schools is still very difficult as they don’t have access to the internet at the moment.
Lavendon School & Ahmadiiyya Agricultural Primary School
Lavendon School regularly holds a collection to raise funds for their partner school Ahmadiiyya Agricultural Primary School. Through contact with the Head Teacher at the school we aim to provide them with a football kit for their team and classroom resources such as pens, pencils, rubbers and rulers.
Lavendon School have recently adjusted their curriculum to be theme based learning. The children will now have the opportunity to learn about Africa in both KS1 and KS2. The intention is for the children to learn and understand more about life in Sierra Leone and keep contact with our partner school.
Olney Middle School & Christ Evangelical School Katu Town Newton
We have recently bought metal cupboards for our link school as they didn’t have any storage space for their equipment and books. The teachers were having to take home any resources they had. At our Year 3 and 4 Christmas play we raised 180. We are intending to buy Maths and Literacy equipment with this money. Year 6 have been looking at Sierra Leone in their theme lessons. We were able to Skype the children in Newton and ask them some of the questions that came up in our lessons. It was very exciting to hear for the first time the voices of our friends in Newton. At times it was difficult to hear the replies due to the poor connection. We hope to try this again in the near future, so that the rest of the children in Year 6 can also enjoy this experience.
Olney Infant Academy & REC School Newton
Olney Infant Academy has supported the REC School by providing resources to enrich their curriculum. In response to their request for sports equipment, we sent out footballs, tennis rackets, tennis balls and skipping ropes. We also sent copies of our P.E. planning, with photos of the children using the equipment to show how we develop the children’s skills.
In May all of our children will participate in an African Week, learning about the traditions and culture of another continent. The year two children will then focus on Sierra Leone as they complete a unit of work on a contrasting locality. They will particularly look at how the children in Newton live and what school is like for them.
The email contact with the head teacher Mrs Usman has helped to inform our children of the needs of the children in Sierra Leone. Through the generosity of the parents we hope to once again support an area of the curriculum that Mrs Usman would like to develop.
Olney Ousedale School & Ahmadiyya Secondary School
The Olney Campus of Ousedale is now also involved in ONL, and have done a range of events to raise awareness as well as funds. They have done fantastic work this term which has meant that the Ahmadiyya Secondary School in Newton can now have a generator. Once this has been received a computer will be supplied to the school and it can then become a centre for the West Africa Examination Board, as well as improve communication between the two schools.