Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Ormiston’s World Cup Penpals

“Let’s use 
the 
World 
Cup
 as 
a 
reason 
for
 finding 
out 
more
 about
 the
 cultures 
of
 the
 countries
 taking 
part,”
said
 a 
Year
 7
 pupil
 to
 Head
 Teacher
 Tess
 Walker.



The 
idea 
was 
formed 
and 
news
 travelled 
fast‐the
 students
 were
 excited 
with
 the 
fact
 that 
their
 school
 would
 be 
concentrating
 on 
a
 major 
project 
based
 around
 the
 World
 Cup.
 Then,
the 
idea 
was
 taken 
to
 another 
level
‐another 
Year
 7
 pupil
 asked
 if
 our
 school
 could
 partner
 with
 his
 former
 school
 in
 South
 Africa
 and
 create
 pen
 pals.



Every 
tutor
 group
 then 
took
 it 
in 
turns 
to
 contact 
a
 pupil
 from 
the 
school
 in
 Durban,
 South 
Africa
 to 
introduce 
themselves
 and
 introduce 
the 
project,
with 
a
helping
hand
 from
the
 ‘Africa
 Experience’
programme.



The 
project 
began 
with
 each
 tutor 
group
 at 
Ormiston
 Park 
Academy 
and
 the 
school 
in
 Durban 
adopting 
one 
of 
the 
countries
 that
 were
 taking 
part
 in
 South
Africa
 2010.
Not
 only 
did
 they 
take
 on 
the 
name 
of
 a 
country,
they
 also 
took 
on
 the 
football
 nickname
 that
 the 
country 
was 
given
 such
 as 
The
Three
Lions 
for
England
 and 
The
 Pirate
 Ship
 for
 Greece,
and 
then
 created
 a
 national
 chant
 to
 symbolise 
the 
country.




Between 
now 
and 
mid‐June
2010,
each
 class 
from 
both
 schools 
would 
find
 out 
about
 the
 culture,
 history,
 traditions,
 food
 and
 language
 of
 their
 adopted
 country
 and
 then
 exchange
work.
 The
objective 
being 
to 
observe 
the 
differences 
in
 the 
way
 in
 which 
a
 school
 from
 the
 Western
 world
 and
 a
 poor
 school
 from
 a
 poor
 neighbourhood
 in
 Durban,
South
Africa 
would
 approach
 the 
various
s scheduled
 tasks,
using 
very 
different
 resources 
to
 one 
another.


A
 week 
into
 the 
programme
 and a
permanent
 partnership
 with shown
 passion
 and
 commitment in 
2011 
to 
meet
 their 
pen
pals teachers.



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