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School pupils head for volunteering trip

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

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A VISIT to a school in Ghana by eight pupils from South Derbyshire will see them lead a sports day, carry out work in the library and teach English.

This is the third summer that pupils from Repton School will have visited Dreamland, the Ghanaian school with which it has built strong links, and it is hoped that further progress can be made on helping it achieve its aim of becoming the best primary and junior school in Africa.

Throughout the year leading up to the visit, Repton pupils have worked very hard to raise funds by car washing, organising a tennis tournament, staff rounders, cricket, breakfasts in bed, gardening, cleaning and pyjama selling. Some of this money will be spent while they are there, with plans that the Repton pupils will source and buy 20 bicycles to help Dreamland pupils who walk four miles every day to get there more quickly.

Money will be offered for a textbook loan system, and it is also hoped it can pay for the Dreamland students to go on their second school trip to a local waterfall.

The Repton pupil volunteering trip follows a visit made by Repton staff at Easter, when work was done to strengthen the relationship with the staff in Dreamlands and to plan the student volunteering visit with the head teacher and director of the school, and also to check progress on buildings and teaching training sponsorship.

One of the decisions made at Easter was that pupils would experience ‘a day in the life of a Dreamland student’, which will be achieved through the Reptonians shadowing their African counterparts.

Two Easter days were spent organising the library and the Repton students are due to complete this, as well as come up with a loaning system while they are there.

Two Dreamland staff will be starting teacher training during the summer thanks to sponsorship from Repton.

Repton ethical and religious studies teacher Cat Davison said: “The Easter trip has allowed us to create greater dialogue between the two schools.

“The itinerary for the trip has been decided between Repton and Dreamland staff according to needs and what they want us to do.”

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