This week, during Worship, the children were told about a primary school in Kenya with whom we are making a link. Waunifor Primary School was opened on the farm of Mr and Mrs S D Whetham (Mrs Crampton's grandparents), in 1953 for the children of those working on four farms which neighboured each other.
The school now has 11 classes, and over 500 pupils.
The school has a computer lab, with lots of tablets and computers which were donated by a Canadian charity. They are very proud of this. The children have to do some of their school work, and tests on the computers, which are monitored by a central government agency in the capital city of Nairobi. Electricity bills are very expensive and the school has to find the money to pay for half of the school bill.
The library, however, has very little in it. Mrs Crampton has been discussing the books that would most benefit the children with the headteacher, Mr Chesire.
Each of our Amberley classes has been set the challenge to raise money so that we can buy the books that are so desperately needed. They have been given a £5 note to get them started with buying whatever resources are needed to make more money. They may work together to have a cake sale, and use the money for their ingredients, or work as a single class to make and sell Christmas gifts, for example. Many of the children have already started planning what they can do to help, including a Year 2 child, who has generously donated the contents of her piggy bank- what a wonderful way to see Christian values in action!
In Worship, we regularly ask the children to reflect on what they can do, not only for themselves, but for the community and the wider world, and here they have the perfect opportunity to do something that will have a positive impact on others.
If you would like to read more about the charity work we do in school, please visit the page on our website.