AFRITWIN TOUR TO SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 2011
During February half term 16 students and 2 staff embarked upon an adventure-packed trip to South Africa as part of a cultural exchange programme. Whilst there they not only got to see South Africa's BIG FIVE but also they got up close and personal with lion cubs, cheetahs and a baby rhino at the renowned Kruger National Park and private Game Reserves, learning about the conservation of wildlife.
They also spent time visiting the Apartheid Museum and Soweto Township where they took part in a walking tour of an informal settlement. Here they saw first hand the extreme poverty that a large percentage of the population endure.
In Durban, students were hosted by their partner school Hillcrest, and visited an orphanage which supports Aids' orphans. Leftwich students donated money they had raised in school to help towards looking after and educating these children. Students are now exploring ways of supporting the orphanage in long term projects.
The trip ended with a range of activities with host pupils including 'Raft Building', 'Zulu Dancing' and 'Shark Diving'!
Mrs duPlessis said: 'Yet again, our students have acted as global ambassadors, showing that the spirit of UBUNTU – 'togetherness and unity-can overcome diversity and cultural differences to forge long lasting friendships and memories. I am extremely proud of our students and look forward to further developing our global education through joint projects with our Partner School, Hillcrest.