Sparrow is grateful for the many international partnerships we have, and especially for the partnerships with schools abroad. Two such cherished connections are our relationships with the Tudor Hall School for Girls in Oxfordshire in the UK and Alleyn’s School in Dulwich.
From 21 to 25 October this year, Sparrow Foundation School was lucky enough to play host to five high school learners and two educators from Tudor Hall School, with 19 high school learners and three sports coaches from Alleyn’s School paying a visit on 22 October.
Upon their arrival in the country, the girls and teachers from Tudor Hall spent their first night in South Africa at the Vaal Dam, where they also went on a tour of the Dell Cheetah Centre just outside of Parys in the Free State – this non-profit organisation is focused on the conservation of the fastest land animal.
It was all systems go when our Tudor Hall partners arrived at Sparrow, and they immediately sprung into gear, assisting teachers in our pride and joy – the newly upgraded multi-purpose sensory room.
As October is Healthy Eating Month, the girls and educators, along with the team from Alleyn’s School, incorporated this into their offering to Sparrow’s learners, which included reading and learning about healthy food, and teaching learners how to identify the different food groups. Alleyn’s School prepared 300 delicious cheese and tomato sandwiches for every Sparrow learner, before our music teacher treated them to a proudly South African drumming lesson with the Sparrow learners.
This is not the first time Tudor Hall has contributed to education at Sparrow: aside from consistent financial support, Tudor Hall has also revamped our music room and sponsored a piano, and have also beautified our reading corners. Through the years, Alleyn’s School has also contributed financially towards various projects and improvements at Sparrow. We are immensely grateful for these continued partnerships, which we still treasure as much as we ever have over the years.
We bid our friends from Tudor Hall and Alleyn’s School farewell for now, but look forward to many more years of fruitful collaboration!