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Schools Spotlight on Achieng Ajulu Bushell

In the Spotlight this week are the schools in Nairobi and Plymouth and London attended by British swimmer Achieng Ajulu Bushell and their UK partner schools in Folkestone, London and Manchester.

Achieng's Kenyan school, Peponi House in Kenya, has another budding sports star. The youngest competitor at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, tells her story to World Class:

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International athlete - aged twelve

NORLINGTON SCHOOL FOR BOYS, LONDON AND PLYMOUTH COLLEGE

Amar Anzar, teacher, Norlington Boys School

World Class Norlington
January: Assemblies to introduce the school to Achieng's story
February: questions about us - what has shaped you?
March: shared dreams; paired dreams

We have set up a special section of the school website to host the World Class project.

Everything we do goes up here, and we have put together a 'team' of pupils who are spending two hours every week on activities.

Both schools being in the UK make it easy for travel, but the differences are amazing. Our schools have roughly the same number of pupils but campus size and facilities are hugely different.

Emma Tremaine, teacher, Plymouth College

Last week we had a special Olympic Dreams afternoon. I delivered an assembly based around Achieng and her sacrifices, which the pupils responded really well to.

Pupil from Plymouth College holds up a his dream to join the army
Plymouth College pupil dreams of following in his father's footsteps.

That led on to them writing down what their dreams were, and how they might achieve them.

In the afternoon, they were split into groups and given different tasks based around Global Citizenship, and our link with Norlington.

We also recorded where all our pupils were born on Amar's Google map.

He is a whizz at technology and he has set up a map where pupils recorded where they were born in the world.

We have added to it with some of our pupils, and the next stage is to link pupils from different schools together who were born in the same country.

PEPONI HOUSE SCHOOL, NAIROBI AND ST MARY'S PRIMARY, FOLKESTONE

Colette Cotton, teacher, St Mary's Primary

We marked World eSafety day with an online video conference between our school, Peponi House and others in Kenya and Kent.

Peponi House pupil shares information about eSafety
Video conference between schools to talk about eSafety.

Much of the linking we will be doing over the next 18 months, involves using the Internet and we thought that safety issues concerning this, would be a great way to start and to to get everyone's ideas.

We have also been taking part in the World of Birds International project.

Over 10,000 children have posted Bird blogs on superclubsplus and we have a collaborative bird project page on the site.

On Monday 14th March, Peponi pupils told us about their Black Kites, Hadadas Ibis and Weaver birds amongst others and showed us pictures of these. We told them about our most common birds and showed them the bird feeders we'd made to put out and also some of the pictures we'd painted.




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