Ghana Blog 2016

One month on!

23rd September 2016

 

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Photos have arrived today from the school in Sanka village from one of the teachers. So pleased to see that most classes have now received their tables and chairs from the carpenter. These are much safer and functional for the children to complete their learning. The installed whiteboards are coming in great use as are the other resources that were sent out.

Thank you again to all that contributed to fundraising events to make this possible – it is hugely appreciated!

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Working hard!

19th August 2016

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Both the carpenter and the welder have been working hard this week in their workshops.

The carpenter has his hands full making 192 chairs and 96 tables for each class from Kindergarten to year 6.

Later on this week, the welder will be fitting burglar proof metal grates to all windows and doors including the toilets.
We can’t wait to see what these will look like in the classrooms!

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Classroom progress!

13th August 2016 

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The classrooms now have different posters of phonics, the alphabet, number lines, multiplication, division and handwriting to aid the children's learning. In the lower primary, beautiful, colourful artwork of the alphabet made by Milly Maynard (Year 6) has been attached to the wall. We also used Milly's drawings to help us with painting the playground wall. Thank you to Ann Kelly for printing the posters and Milly for all the time you spent drawing and painting the alphabet posters - the children will love them, especially the Belleville bee!

 

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Painting the Kindergarten building

10th August 2016

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We have painted the outside of the Kindergarten building with 2 local painters in the last two days.

Yesterday, we managed to sand the walls and paint 2 coats of yellow. The painters cleverly used long sticks which they attached the rollers to to reach the higher parts of the building. The children were very curious and were keen to help!

Taking inspiration from a few other schools in the area, we decided to brighten the walls of the Kindergarten playground with the alphabet, shapes and numbers.

As the day went on, we gained more and more helpers from teachers and children who were very grateful for the painting that has brightened the building and playground.

 

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The whiteboards are up!

6th August 2016

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The whiteboards are up!

Twelve whiteboards have been made and put up alongside blackboards in each classroom and the library. A notice board to communicate with children and further boards have been fitted in the head teacher’s room to communicate with staff.

We got stuck in lifting boards to the different classrooms and even had a go at some of the hammering to the sweet songs of Westlife ( Carpenter’s choice not ours!) We look forward to starting the painting on Monday - watch this space!

 

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Our first day at school!

2nd August 2016

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Having arrived safely in Cape Coast, Ghana, we spent our first day today at Nana Kwame Esuon IV M/A Basic school in Sanka.

In two car loads, filled with the boxes that had been sent from Belleville, we travelled up a bumpy track whilst being followed by excited children!

When we arrived, we were warmly welcomed by the head teacher, teachers of the school and important members of the community. We spent the day unpacking. Both children and teachers were thrilled with donated books, sports equipment and stationary that we were able to purchase with the money raised from various fundraising events this year.

One of the most excited members of staff was the sports teacher who was very happy to see footballs, bibs and cones which will replace the plastic bottles they use at the moment to mark the football pitch.

 

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