School exchange helps build international links
YOUNGSTERS from Oundle visited Africa as part of a school exchange.
Pupils from Oundle School and its sister prep-school Laxton Junior School travelled to Kenya, to strengthen links.
The school puts on regular trips to the country but as a change took the younger pupils rather than sixth formers.
Trip organiser and history teacher Ian Clark said: “The trip aimed to help ease the pupils into life in Kenya, and through our links with Pembroke House School near Gilgil, we were able to spend our first two nights in fairly familiar surroundings.
“From then on though, we moved into more unusual sleeping environments, from openfronted thatched buildings with hippos on the lawn to camping in rain soaked forestry.”
The youngsters learnt about life in Kenya and helped children from a primary school and an orphanage understand how their country’s heritage can draw in tourists.
Year 8 pupil Henry Sleight (13) said: “At the Saidia orphanage we heard unbearably and unbelievably sad stories about each individual child which really taught us all a lesson.”
fascinating trip: Oundle School and Laxton Junior School pupils with Kenyan children in the Rift Valley.
SHEPHERD’S DELIGHT: A Lincoln Longwool, a sheep bred specially for its luscious locks, which will be sheared at the weekend.
EXCITED: Youngsters from Warmington Playgroup at Oundle Fire Station.