Baha's Story

It all started in 2013 with a rainbow and along the way there was a pedal powered cinema, a giant gorilla made of spoons, a meeting with Uri Geller and royalty and a block of joy...

In 2013 our Eco officers were awarded a certificate in recognition of the good work they had promoted around recyling and composting. We had new recylcing bins for our school waste and an impressive population of worms ready, willing and able to devour the waste products from children's daily fruit snacks. A rainbow was created as a symbol of our good work in this aspect of our Eco Award (see photo below) and Louise and Ryan attended an awards ceremony. When they came back to school we were inspired  and we realised we could do A LOT MORE and make links beyond Ellesmere Port…

Next we submitted a bid to see if we coulf get the Great Ape Film Initiative pedal powered cinema to visit our school. We were one of 10 schools in Cheshire to be successful in this. Denis Agaba came to our school from Uganda and told us about the plight of the Great Apes. There are five kinds of great apes: orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and gibbons.

When Denis got back to Uganda he set up a pen pal link for us. We were pleased when our first pictures arrived so we could see what the school looked like. The school is much larger than ours and has 1031 pupils.

We donated more than £100 to GAFI and we also joined in with ‘Go Orange for Orangutans’. From our colourful dressing up day we were able to visit Chester Zoo and present a cheque for £100. We had a special tour of the orangutans and treated ourselves to lunch at the zoo.

We wrote to the children in our partner school in Uganda and told them about our work to support Chester Zoo and how pleased we were to be twinned with their school. We loved receiving pictures of the children opening the leters we sent.

In March 2014 we started to collect spoons to help Uri Geller create his Spoon Gorilla and were featured in the Chester Chronicle for our good work. Children in lots of countries were doing the same thing as it turned out that 40000 spoons were needed. Ms Finch was delighted to receive a VIP ticket to the unveiling of the statue in the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Uri Geller! The special guests arrived by helicopter whilst the statue was under wraps.

We believe that some of the benefits of developing international links are:

  • a deeper learning and life long learning

  • bringing the world to our young people and creating wider opportunities for them

  • celebrating differences that unite us

  • broadening and enriching the curriculum

  • improving teaching and learning and raising standards

  • raising awareness of the world around us so that our children can become global citizens of the future

  • continuing to broaden staff horizons and providing opportunities for international CPD 

Read about gorillas on WWF website

Vist the Wildlife Conservation Society website

Denis Agaba's First Visit to Westminster

Find our more about GAFI (Great Apes Film Initiative)

We are also linked with a school in Canada called Dunville Christian School Canada. We have shared our work with them and we have also received letters and pictures from them. Please take a look at their website:

http://www.dunnvillechristianschool.ca/

 

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Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
Cheshire,
CH65 2ED

Tel: 0151 338 2224
head@westminsterprimary.cheshire.sch.uk

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