Latest News: AfriTwin Visit (9th – 18th February 2013)
As many of you will be aware, we have been part of the Afritwin Programme for over two years now and we have been partnered with Settlers High and Hector Peterson High School in Cape Town, South Africa.
Photo Gallery of the Cape Town Visit 2013
This year Helsby High School hopes to move closer towards gaining International School Status, with a series of exciting events involving our South African partner schools.
As many of you will be aware, we have been part of the Afritwin Programme for over two years now and we have been partnered with Settlers High and Hector Peterson High School in Cape Town. Our Sixth Form students visited South Africa in February of this year and found it a hugely rewarding experience. As well as experiencing life with their host families, they were also able to do some English teaching in a township primary school.
Due to some intensive fundraising, we were able to take students from our township partner high school on a number of cultural visits, including the District Six Museum and Robben Island. Our fundraising also bought students at Hector Peterson a range of art equipment and a selection of reading materials.
One of our most rewarding fundraising initiatives enabled us to sponsor a talented Hector Peterson student, Zwelentini Mxchego. The money our students raised has paid for school fees and accommodation for this gifted young man who has been coping with his studies whilst living under some extraordinarily difficult personal circumstances. A huge thank you goes out to all Helsby pupils and parents who have helped to support our fundraising over the past two years.
We now have a new Afritwin Action group who will be taking the fundraising further over the next academic year. We hope to welcome our South African partner schools to Helsby later this academic year.