Pendock CE Primary School

Tanzanian visit to Pendock 2014 

Monday 31st March

Everyone in school is very excited this week as we welcome Mwalimu Fena Chavala who is visiting us from our partnership school in Tanzania. She will be with us all week and we hope to give her an insight into life in Pendock, England. On her arrival at school we held a 'welcome assembly'. The whole school sang a welcome song and danced their African themed dance. A Class 2 pupil played the flute.

 

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Later on in the morning there was a chance for Mwalimu Fena Chavala to tour the school and chat with children in both classes. There were lots of questions asked about Pendock and Tanzania.

 

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Tanz visit 04 14 class room tour (2)

After lunch Mwalimu Fena Chavala shared playtime outside with some pupils playing football and watched the aerobics club in the hall.

Tuesday

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Preparations were under way today for the Pendock Pudding Club to be held in school on Wednesday afternoon. The event is open to everyone connected to the school and the wider community of Pendock village. It's another way we hope to give our Tanzanian guest, Mwalimu Fena Chavala, an idea of life in England. It will also be a chance for people within Pendock to join us at school to meet Mwalimu Fena Chavala and hear about further plans for the partnership. 

The children in both classes thought about which puddings they would like to make for the pudding club. They decided upon several old favourites, a couple of fruit crumbles have been prepared, while also trying out some new ideas.

 

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Wednesday

Class 2 took part in a lesson about communication in Tanzania. They were asked to consider how they would communicate with people, often quite a distance away, if they had no phones or computers and didn't have the use of a car or any of the many ways we are so used to using. Our Tanzanian visitors, Fena and Stella, told us how mothers would call their children. We learned how to cup our hands together and blow to make a low whistle sound. We haven't managed to master the call yet but are going to keep on practising! What interested us was that so each child would know if it was their mother calling they would make the call slightly different to their neighbours. So it might be higher pitched or have longer notes. The children also learnt how villages use drums to communicate over wide areas. Different drum beats convey different messages. Everyone was able to have a go trying to replicate the different rhythms.

 

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Class 2 also heard how dance and song is used in Tanzanian celebrations. Men and women, boys and girls, having different parts in the chant. Class 2 practised putting dance, song and drumming all together.

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There was plenty of time for skipping at lunch time. It's a good job the girls had been practising. Skipping Tanzanian style is a lot quicker and requires a lot of energy!

This afternoon saw the school hall being prepared to host the Pudding Club. The hall was beautifully decorated and the children put last minute touches to their puddings.

 

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Tanz visit 04 14 pudding club cls 1 post

Class 1 created some fantastic posters giving all the details of the fabulous puddings they had made.

 

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Class 2 issued a token to everyone who attended the Pudding Club. This token entitled the guests to vote for their favourite pudding.

 

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All the guests enjoyed themselves. Thankyou to everyone who joined us for the Pendock Pudding Club.

 

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Thursday

Mwulimu Fena Chavala was very busy in both classes today leading the children in an art project. She taught them how to create some beautiful pictures using the bark of banana trees. The children produced pictures of animals but also of Tanzanian houses that you would find in both the villages and countryside. 

 

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Friday 4th April

 

Tanz visit 04 14 farewell assembly (2)

 

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It was time to say 'goodbye' to Fenna as she heads back to Tanzania at the weekend. We have thoroughly enjoyed having her share some time with us in school. We held a farewell assembly to send her on her way. We gave gifts that will remind her of her time at Pendock. Fenna also had gifts for us from her school and some work the children had prepared for us to share.

 

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There was time before Fenna left to show her the tree that had been planted last year when Peter and Salma visited us. Fenna, the school council and each of the year 6 children watered the tree to remind us of our school partnership. 


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