Malawian Visit

On Monday 24th September Peatry Ntodwa from Malawi visited the school to work with students in Geography, Music and the Sixth Form. The school has a long established link with Malawi through the work of Julian Watson, our former Head of Performing Arts. Over the years this has seen the students, staff and community raise thousands of pounds for a variety of projects in Malawi, including a village well, schooling, orphan support and agriculture schemes. In addition to the support that we have been able to provide in Malawi, the link with Malawi has added huge value to our school community and Peatry’s regular visits have always served to enrich the experiences of our students.

This year’s visit saw Peatry and Julian speak to the Sixth Form about the challenge that Malawi faces in combatting HIV. They also launched a challenge that the Sixth Form students have responded to, to raise £1000 by Christmas to equip a new Youth Centre and HIV counselling centre. This summer will see three of our Year 13 students travel to Malawi to work in the project that the Sixth Form are supporting, which will undoubtedly be a life changing experience. We will provide more information about their adventure nearer to the time!

Julian and Peatry then spent the rest of the day working with students from a range of year groups to offer insight into life in Malawi and the challenges they face, but also the warmth and potential that the nation offers. Mr Andrews, Head of Sixth Form, said “The students loved their animated presentations and gained a huge amount from the day”.