On a cold, wet Saturday evening Joe James, our partner school teacher, flew into Heathrow to a very warm welcome from link teachers Mandy Hinxman, Isabelle Hodger and Braidie Paton. He was amoungst a group of 7 Sierra Leone teachers all visiting outside of their homeland for the very first time.
During Monday morning, he was welcomed into our school by our children singing their welcome song. It was very moving for Joe and he appreciated their beautiful voices. In the day, he visited Year 4 and learnt some new maths games to take back and share with his staff and pupils. On Monday afternoon, he visited Dudley Infants with Mrs Harris and staff at the school. After that, Mrs Hinxman and Mrs Harris took him to our local rubbish collection site, as this is a topic of great interest to him. At All Saints and Edest (Joe’s home school) we are collaborating on a Connecting Classrooms project based upon Zero Waste.
Tuesday saw Joe participating in a workshop based upon skills to take back to the classroom; previously discussed to support their knowledge and understanding. In the evening, he met Nigel Sinden, our Mayor.
During Wednesday and Thursday, Joe visited our classes and shared in some of our lessons. He also shared World Language Day by teaching us Creo, one of the many languages spoken in Sierra Leone. In Year 4, on Thursday afternoon, we were joined by Mrs Redsull-Green (a parent) and Mrs Hodger from The Hastings and Sierra Leone Friendship Link. They visited us to help us promote and share in our Zero Waste Project, with Edest School. Joe taught us how to create a Disco Alphabet ball out of recycled materials.
It has been a wonderful and enriching experience for all of our community to share in this visit and we wish Joe and the other members of the party a safe return home to their family and friends. During our farewell visit, Joe was presented with gifts from Layla-Rose, who had previously run the mini run earlier in the year. Our local Mayor, Nigel Sinden, also came al