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Newminster Middle School International Awareness Week'Eddie Lee, Milly James, Charlotte Dyer, Daniel Souza and Adam Lee

Newminster Middle School International Awareness Week'Eddie Lee, Milly James, Charlotte Dyer, Daniel Souza and Adam Lee

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A MORPETH school went global for a week to support its efforts to help children in an African country.

The charity Team Kenya has helped Newminster Middle School and Technology College to develop a link with Koduogo Primary School and in recent months pupils have been learning about how life there is both similar and different.

And to raise some money for the link school, an international awareness week called The World in our Hands was organised.

Staff reached out to parents and friends through the school newsletter and they received interest from people who have lived and worked abroad as well as those with experience of the travel and tourism industry.

A-Level students from King Edward VI School also came along to teach classes in Years 5, 6 and 7 about France.

Newminster’s Acting Assistant Headteacher, Liz Aynsley, said: “The awareness week was really successful and lots of fun and we would like to thank everyone who was involved.

“It was fascinating to learn about Germany with Mark James.

“Some of the famous songs were a particular hit with the children and they seemed to enjoy learning the language.

“Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their sessions from the air hostesses Nicky from Virgin Atlantic and Melanie from British Airways, especially the part where they were handed juice and biscuits from the trolley.

“Sylvie Walker-Barras, one of the directors of our academy, came in to teach Year 8 about life in Switzerland.

“It was very interesting to learn about how diverse this country was and to find out about some of its famous people throughout history.”

Ms Aynsley added: “There are many students at Newminster with international links and some of them took the opportunity to teach their classmates about the country they knew about. Lessons were delivered about Italy, Hungary, Egypt, Spain and many more.

“These pupils really enjoyed themselves and seemed to gain a new found respect for their teachers at the end.

“We had six ‘young journalists’ for the week who did a great job taking photos and videos and interviewing people involved.

“They were able to learn a lot from Mr James as he works for the BBC and KEVI student Angus Kirk about his experience with the Morpeth Herald.”