Grace Christian Private School : Siyabuswa, South Africa
As a school we have formed a partnership with Grace Christian Private School in Siyabuswa, South Africa.
Sibirsky School : Chișinău, Moldova
Sibirksy School is a Russian medium school located in the capital of Moldova, Chișinău. The school was founded in 1944 and since 1996 has been named after an academic called Konstantin Sergeyevich Sibirsky. The school has approximately 700 students aged 6 – 18 and 72 teachers.
Reverend Watson and Mrs Kell visited in April 2016. They met with staff and students and were guests at the school’s talent show. In April 2017 Reverend Watson visited along with Mr Daniel-Sam. As well as developing our link with the school they had the opportunity to spend some time in pupils’ lessons teaching PHSCE.
Since the last visit Bury CE High School pupils have had the chance to speak with Sibirsky School pupils over Skype video link as part of our Moldova Deeper Learning Day.
St Denys’ High School : Murree, Pakistan
Bury Church of England High school has been developing a link with a high school in Pakistan, St Denys’ High school, Murree, since 2014. In October 2014 a member of staff visited the school, which is based in the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range, to initiate the partnership and since then two further visits by school staff have taken place; one visit in October 2016 involved three teachers from Bury Church who were able to observe lessons and lead staff training, as well as gaining for themselves a number of helpful strategies for developing teaching at home. St Denys is a girls’ school which has been attacked by arsonists twice and which has worked hard through suffering to maintain a vibrant and committed learning community.
We were thrilled therefore when the first visit by members of St Denys to Bury was arranged. The school’s headteacher, Mrs Shazia Jibran, and two other teaching staff, as well as the director of Education for the Diocese of Lahore, Col.(Ret’d) Azim Ilyas, joined by nine pupils from the school, stayed with us in Bury for nine nights. The pupils, eight of whom were of the Muslim faith, stayed with Bury Church pupils for the week and the host families who were all volunteers looked after them with immense generosity, feeding them, dropping them off and picking them up at all times of day and night and entertaining them throughout the time they were here.
The St Denys’ pupils attended lessons and led presentations in assembly, including memorably a dance highlighting traditional dress and celebrations from Pakistan’s different regions. They came to our annual celebration of the school’s founding, the Commemoration Service, watched Sports Day, had a Food and Nutrition lesson in which they learned to cook apple crumble, and played badminton and table tennis in our Sports Hall. There was also a packed programme of visits, including ones to the cinema, ten pin bowling, York, the Lake District, Bury (where the mayor hosted the party), Manchester (including the Pakistan Consulate hosted by the Consul), Liverpool’s Speke Hall to watch a Shakespearean play, and Alton Towers. It was a visit that changed all of us. We learned so much and we made the world seem just a little smaller and more open. We look forward to welcoming a party from St Denys again in two or three years, to organising a return visit next year and most of all to renewing and maintaining the friendships that have been formed.
Collège Sainte-Marie : Riom, France
We have a French exchange established with Collège Sainte-Marie in Riom, France, and also welcome older pupils from the school as part of an immersion programme.