A fantastic week of cultural exchange, enrichment, friendship, trips and fun was had when our Ugandan visitors came to stay as part of our link and exchange programme with Mityana Secondary School. On Friday 18th January, 2 teachers and 6 pupils from Mityana Secondary School arrived at Testbourne and were met by their host families and 'Team Uganda' (14 students who are fundraising a trip to Uganda in October 2019). On Sunday, they went to London with students from 'Team Uganda' and visited The Natural History Museum and the Aquarium. Travelling by train and using the Underground were new experiences for our Mityana students and they embraced everything with confidence and a smile. The sun was shining, and a great day was had by all.
Our visitors joined us Monday and Tuesday in school and took part in lessons, met key staff and planned the assembly for Friday. We exchanged songs and dances with our visitors when they met our Year 10 GCSE Dance and Music groups which was awe-inspiring and all students and teachers joined in when the Ugandans taught us their traditional dances, although quite worryingly, they thought that the ‘Floss’ was one of our traditional dances... During the tea party on Tuesday, students continued learning about each other and differences in cultures and education. More importantly, friendships have been formed and an excitement for the return trip in October has increased, when 14 of our pupils will visit Uganda.
Thank you to Reverend Dodie Marsden (chair of Mityana Projects Trust), Penny Horner (Chair of Governors) and all the staff from Testbourne for their help and support. Friday was their last day at Testbourne and it was another memorable day before they returned home on Sunday. The staff and students from Mityana presented some of their traditional dances with singing and drumming as a way of showing their gratitude to the whole school during. The assembly also featured a talk from Sammy, the Headteacher at Mityana Secondary School as well as an account from Georgia, who went on the last school exchange programme to Mityana. Please keep up-to-date with information on ‘Team Uganda 2019’ by visiting the website below: