and Berrow schools welcome visiting Kenyan choir
Children at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's School and Berrow Primary
School have spent several inspiring days this week with a group
of Kenyan children visiting from Mombasa.
Berrow has had the link with Jolaurabi School for a number of years
and the choir, known as the Singing Children of Africa, have visited
the school several times in the past.
This time, their visit coincided with Berrow's Harvest Service,
so they took the opportunity to learn some of the choir's songs
and dances to perform together at St Mary's Church in Berrow, as
The church was packed on Tuesday afternoon, with many of the children
dancing in the aisles as they joined in with their African friends.
"I think this has been my best Harvest service ever,"
said head teacher Lee Chandler. "We really raised the roof
and I hope it is an experience that our children will not only never
forget but learn and grow from."
The Kenyan children spent time with the Berrow children in their
classes, at lunchtimes and at playtimes on the field. They sang
and danced together in collective worship in preparation for their
special Harvest service and were inspired by the Kenyans' enthusiasm
The Singing Children of Africa also visited St Andrews Junior
School in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Around 30 pupils and staff from
Jolaurabi School shared lessons with Year 5 pupils, as pictured
Ali Pook, acting head teacher, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Sue
Stevens, the local representative from charity Educate the
Kids, has worked hard to plan the programme of visits and
for them to have accommodation with host families."
"It has been an amazing day, with the children at St Andrews
being taught to play the drums by the Kenyan pupils, sharing traditional
playground games and comparing and contrasting their everyday lives."
"The Kenyan children have also performed music and dance to
the school, a taster of the evening events they are doing this week
in the local area. It is clear that the children have a lot in common
and have learned so much from one another."
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