Brunswick House Primary School is internationally linked with Chipoka II Primary School in Malawi, having achieved the International Schools Award. We established the link with the charity, Starfish Malawi and maintain it with regular annual visits to the school and consistent contact throughout the school year. In May 2018, Mrs Clarke along with Mr and Mrs Tasker visited Chipoka II again. During our visit, we taught lessons planned by our teachers at Brunswick House, we also taught lessons using plans from the Malawian teachers and we were all able to experience life within a different culture by joining in traditional dance lessons, lessons in Chichewa, (their native tongue) and to also share with the staff and pupil’s stories and experiences about life in England. We then cascade our experiences down to the pupils with Malawian style assemblies followed by lessons which had been planned by the teachers at Chipoka II. Mr Tasker taught the boys and some of the male teachers how to play Rugby. Mrs Tasker and I worked with the Sewing Club after school and the girls and their mothers came along to help the girls with their sewing project. I also learnt how to cook Nsima and other delicacies over an open fire. During our visit, I taught the choir our National Anthem and you will see in our video, they sang it beautifully. At the end of our visit, we had a magnificent farewell. The children and the teachers put together an amazing performance, with quizzes, dancing, a special song and dance dedicated to Mrs Tasker and I, and many other wonderful performances from the whole school. It was extremely emotional, the Chief of Chipoka and parents and governors attended this wonderful event.
We also work with our link school to bring together a school newspaper, BBCII NEWS which has articles and reports from our Roving Reporter clubs in both schools. We are currently working on a pen pal club and other activities that both schools can participate in. We are very proud of the hard work put in by both schools to enhance our link with Chipoka ll. We have a partnership agreement which is updated during each visit to ensure that we are following our agreed terms and curricular links. A further visit is planned by our Link Co-ordinator in May 2020. Chipoka II thanks all staff, pupils and parents for their continued support and donations which are regularly sent on behalf of our school.
International Link Co-ordinator