A GROUP of pupils are swapping Newsome for Ghana in West Africa.
Four pupils and three members of staff at Newsome High School will visit their twin school in Ghana to develop closer links with pupils and teachers there.
Paris Johnson, Olivia Sykes, Jonathan Cain and Alex Green will swap stories of school life from the UK with their African counterparts at St Andrew’s secondary school in Accra, Ghana’s capital city.
They were selected from an application and interview as part of the Dreams and Teams project – a British Council sport project to develop young leaders in schools and communities, working in more than 40 countries.
Alex Gilbert, the director of sports at Newsome High School, said: “The pupils put so much into it and we are all really looking forward to going.
“I think they will learn a lot from the trip.
“The school is very different to here. When they go out to play football, they go on the street and get bamboo for goals.
“Things we take for granted like pens and rules and calculators are greatly wanted there – when they came here they were desperate to take them back.
“They play on the dusty ground and there are two blocks and 50-60 children in each classroom.
“They understand the importance of education.”
Pupils will compare their carbon footprints, develop a web-based communication between the two schools with the their ICT technician and look at setting up an international athletics competition.
Newsome pupils will also take sports items out for them such as athletics equipment and an indoor tennis set.
To fund the trip the pupils have been carrying out events.
On the last day of the school term they held a car wash and raised £177.
Every pupil wore something red, yellow, green or black – the colours of the Ghana flag – for the day.
The pupils are also planning a cake sale and other fundraisers before they fly out in June.
It will be a life-changing trip for the pupils, including one who has never been abroad before.
Over the last two years the college has developed close links with St Andrew’s secondary school.
They have been sending letters and raising money to buy equipment which is difficult to find in Africa.
Alex Gilbert has been to visit the school before and staff and pupils from Ghana visited Newsome last year.
If you can help the school by donating items or sponsoring them please contact Alex Gilbert on 01484 226570.