Over the half term week in February, 18 of our Year 11 students visited our partner school, Namilyango College in Uganda.
After a long journey, everyone was pleased to arrive at their destination and to be greeted by welcoming hosts for their first Ugandan meal on the Friday evening.
Over the course of the week, students participated in various activities, including a tour of the college campus and farm, visiting various primary and secondary schools and running sports afternoons for three local primary schools. The students also visited Hands for Hope in Kampala and were delighted to see Mr Sladden, a former English teacher at The Weald, who now manages the school for the charity. They also accompanied social workers from the charity for a tour of the Namuwongo slum where the Hands for Hope students live; a humbling experience that will stay with them forever.
Of course, there was also time for leisure activities: a trip to the source of The Nile at Jinja where lots of wildlife was spotted, an evening swim and even some dancing.
Mr Woodman and Miss Power were proud of how well the students coped in a new and sometimes daunting environment.
Miss Power will be organising the Uganda 2021 trip next term which will be open to our current Year 10 students.
If you would like more information about Hands for Hope or if you would be interested in supporting their valuable work, please visit their website: https://www.ugandahandsforhope.org/about-us/