On Tuesday 1st October, all students from year 7 - year 10, and many staff, spent the afternoon watching the Kenyan Choir, who performed a fantastic display of singing and dancing! The Kenyan Choir are part of Educate The Kids, a charity which aims to transfrom the lives of young people in Kenya through education. Members of the choir were buddied up to students in year 8 throughout the day. New friendships were made whilst learning about each others cultures and taking part in a variety of activities such as science experiments, designing models in DT and icebreaker challenges.
Earlier in the day the Kenyan youngsters had spent time in lessons with their year 8 buddies where they were able to get a real feel for what education in the UK is like.
Before the summer holidays, the year 8 'buddies', who were then year 7, spent time on Skype with their Kenyan friends, who took them on tours around their school and showed them a typical day at the Jolauabi School in Kenya. They discussed their forthcoming visit to Haygrove School and saw who they would be buddied up with before they arrived, which made all of the students very excited! The day before their visit the year 8 buddies were preparing washbags and pencil cases, from the kind donations of year 8 and 9 students, to gift to the students in the Kenyan Choir after their performance. The idea to create washbags and pencil cases came about when one young man from Kenya who, when asked what he would like to bring back for his brother, simply answered 'a toothbrush'. The donations were greatfully recieved and the students couldn't wait to take the gifts back home for their families and friends.
In the run-up to the choir's visit, our staff and students had held cake sales and other activities which raised an amazing £627.49, which will be donated to the charity Educate The Kids, who ensure more young African children recieve the education they deserve.
We would just like to say a huge thank you for the kind donations which were made and also, a huge thank you to the Kenyan Choir and Educate The Kids for coming to visit us and performing an incredibly inspiring performance!