Read about partnership events by reading backwards through time. Discover how our school partnership began in 2010 and how it has progressed over the years.
At the bottom of the page there are links to all the newsletters that have been written by The Friends of Kwezana. The Friends group was created to help the children of Kwezana by providing support and funding for non-curriculum projects. Members of Settle Primary school, the local community and church meet regularly to help with quality of life projects such as the improvement of school buildings and the school grounds.
The school maintains regular contact and links with our partner school in Kwezana, South Africa. Children share curriculum work and keep regular contact through email and approved media such as our school blogging site. Settle Primary host Global Learning events to schools in the local area and deeply value or connection to Kewzana School (please see a record of our work below).
A final exchange visit funded through the British Council was arranged and Miss Entwistle and Mr Freytag again teamed up to fly out to Kwezana with the intention of securing the long term ability for our two partnership schools to communicate effectively. This involved welcoming a new member of staff at Kwezana Primary. Nontombi has been trained through TVS. TVS is a UK– based charity operating in the Tyume Valley where Kwezana is situated. TVS help to improve the lives of children living in the Tyume Valley by working with local schools to improve teaching and learning. Part of the reason we feel that our link has grown so strong is that we are able to communicate via our blog so quickly and frequently and having Nontombi at Kwezana helps us achieve this. Information is exchanged via blogging and the questions asked by children from one school are answered by the other school much quicker. This keeps the link vibrant and topical to the current interests and experiences of all our children. The second part of the visit to Kwezana was to oversee the purchase and installation of guttering and a new water tank. This project was made possible through the work of the Friends of Kwezana Primary and the goodwill of members of the Settle community.
This year’s visit was arranged in January, which is during South Africa’s summer. This was an ideal time for the pupils discover how different parts of the world may have the same seasons but they could be during different months. This year’s visitor, Mrs Gape, was able to see what changes the summer months bring to the countryside around Kwezana. She also experienced the different challenges that affect school life in the hotter summer months. Two main difficulties arose during Mrs Gape’s summer visit. The first was that January is the rainy season in South Africa and the usually hard packed dirt roads turned to mud and became impassable to most forms of transport. Secondly the heat dried up the reservoir above Kwezana which the school relies on for its water supply. This meant that there was no water available for cooking, washing or drinking. Luckily water was able to be used from the water butt attached to the nearby church so that the children had something to drink. Unfortunately Kwezana Primary school’s guttering is in very bad shape and they have no water butt to catch rainfall so this problem was an ongoing issue. Mrs Gape shared her experiences upon her return to Settle and plans were made for the Friends of Kwezana to fundraise for new guttering and to purchase and install a 5000L water tank. Settle Primary were lucky to welcome Ms Mveni who teachers Grade 1 and 2 at Kwezana Primary. Ms Mveni was full of enthusiasm during her visit and worked with children in most of the classes. She also spent time at breaks teaching our pupils new skipping techniques.
Due to the success of Kwezana's and Settle's partnership we were able to apply for a Connecting Classrooms grant from the British Council. This enabled the the completion of new joint projects and exchange visits. Miss Entwistle and Freytag returned to Kwezana with Miss Ratcliffe and Miss Ngosi visited Settle Primary. Miss Nojozi works with the youngest children at Kwezana Primary. She worked closely with Miss Greenwood in Reception to share their experiences and good teaching practise. Because of the success of our partnersip it was decided that a group should be formed from interested members of Settle Primary, the Church of the Holy Ascension and the local community to fundraise for and oversee non-curriculum based projects.
This year Mrs Gape was joined on her visit to Kwezana by ICT teacher Miss Entwistle and ICT technician, Mr Freytag. The visit was partially funded through money from the British Council to develop teaching and learning. During this visit Mr Freytag was able to set up a basic computer suite with equipment Kwezana primary had acquired and laptops donated from members of Settle's community. This visit also saw the start of the garden project which is sposored by Chipmonks. Kwezana had an expansive grounds which was not fenced and free-roaming farm animals (mostly goats) ate anything they could find. Fencing was funded to enclose an area to be used for growing fruit and vegetables as well as providing an area for outside education opportunities in subjects, such as biology. As well as ongoing shared educational projects, a blog was set up so that the children from both schools could communicate more freely. Settle Primary were also able to welcome the Principal of Kwezana Primary, Ms Mbatani, to their school when she visited the UK as part of the British Council's initiative.
One of Settle CE Primary's Governors, Mrs Gape, travelled to South Africa and visited Kwezana Primary. Mrs Gape has links with the UK based charity Tyume Valley Schools (TVS) which operates in the area. As part of their vision, TVS work to improve teaching and learning in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Mrs Gape had suggested linking Primary Schools in the Eastern Cape with schools in the UK. The link between Kwezana Primary and Settle CE Primary grew from this idea.