Extra-Curricular: Ghana 2013

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The Bishop’s Stortford High School visits Ghana, July-August 2013 

Elms Stansted is proud to have supported The Bishop’s Stortford High School (TBSHS) on its visit to Ghana this summer. The trip saw students making a memorable journey to TBSHS’s partner school, Bronyibima Junior High School, taking on projects at the school and in the local community.

TBSHS first visited Bronyibima JHS back in 2010, when 22 Year 12 and 13 pupils built latrines at the kindergarten to improve sanitation, ran a school sports day and a malaria awareness day, and painted the school inside and out. Since then the trip to Ghana has become an annual fixture in the TBSHS calendar. This year the school held fundraising events including a race night and a gig for the school’s folk band to finance the trip, leaving for Ghana on July 16th. Three weeks of adventure, hard work and new friends lay ahead. When the students from TBSHS arrived at Bronyibima JHS they were met by some very excited school children, and introduced to the school at a special ceremony. The first challenge was to prepare the camp. “Our Ghanian buddies from the school who were actually better than the TBSHS students at erecting the tents,” says Peter Harris, TBSHS physical education teacher. With the camp set up the students then took a look around the village and prepared for their next task: to build a playground for the local children. Work began the next day, digging, excavating and levelling the ground in very hot and humid conditions. The students from TBSHS still found time for a kickabout with the local children. The following day students from both schools travelled to the National Rainforest for a canopy tree walk some 40 metres off the ground, and visited a sanctuary for wounded monkeys. The rest of the trip continued to mix hard but rewarding work with amazing experiences none of the students will ever forget. As well as the playground, the group worked on a new community library, renovated the partner school in Dunkwa, and ran a fantastic school sports day. From Bronyibima the students made the four-hour journey to Cape 3 Points to start more projects, building three new classrooms and renovating three more.

Throughout the visit the students from TBSHS worked hard and played hard. One of the group, Dan Laycock, even enjoyed his 18th birthday while out in Ghana. “After the hard day’s graft the local ‘Spot’ Bar was booked for his celebrations which included a large cake. The music was pumping and our students were getting dancing lessons from their Ghanian counterparts which made for an excellent night!” says Peter Harris.“The Ghana 2013 trip was a great success as we made a difference in both of the communities we stayed in and worked together in order to improve facilities,” Peter adds. “All of the donations were greatly received and the students have experienced many things that nobody else will have the opportunity to see!”

Everyone at Elms Stansted is proud of what the students achieved while out in Ghana, and happy to have supported the trip. You can read more about on the TBSHS’s Ghana 2013 blog.

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