Visit by Mr Dire Tlamatlama Primary School.
26th June 2015
Friday 26th June
After a long flight, and a long delay Mr Dire finally arrived at Manchester Airport. Although he was tired, he was excited about being in the United Kingdom and about meeting everyone at Bruche.
Saturday 27th June
When the UK teachers visited South Africa, we were taken on a safari so that we could experience the wildlife. We decided that we needed to think of something typically British to share with our visitors. So early on Saturday morning we all met to go on a trip to the seaside. First we visited the ancient town of Conway in North Wales. We enjoyed a boat trip around the estuary; a visit to the smallest house in Great Britain, a walk along the narrow, cobbled streets and the breathtaking views from the top of the tallest tower in the historic castle. Mr Dire was amazed by how old the buildings were! After spending a few hours in Conway, we boarded the coach to travel onto Llandudno. Although it was quite sunny, it was windy and our visitors thought it was a bit cold. They were amazed to see people sunbathing without shirts and swimming in the sea. Some visitors had a picnic on the beach, but we decided to eat in a comfortable, cosy cafe before we went for a walk to the end of the pier. We admired the colourful victorian houses, but unfortunately because it was windy we couldn’t ride the tram to the top of the Great Orme. On the way home, we stopped for something that is recognised as being British by everyone all over the world - fish and chips!
Sunday 28th June
After the long and busy day on Saturday, our visitors were ready for a lie in on Sunday morning, followed by a full English breakfast at their hotel. We all gathered together to attend the Mass at Sacred Heart Church, where we received a very warm welcome by the priest and his congregation. Following Mass we were ready for something else considered typical to the British, a slap-up Sunday lunch with all the trimmings. Later that afternoon we visited Daresbury village to learn about Lewis Carroll, who wrote ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Mr Dire and the other visitors loved the tiny, old church surrounded by little cottages. Lots of photographs were taken of the proper English telephone box, sadly there wasn’t a proper post box to go with it! Everyone was ready for an early night, to be ready for an exciting week in school.
Monday 29th June
Bright and early this morning, I drove to the hotel to collect Mr Dire and bring him to Bruche School. He was nervous about meeting everyone, but I reassured him that he would receive a very warm welcome. What a welcome it was - well done everyone! Mr Dire was welcomed by Mr Jones then entertained by the fantastic class assembly given by Year 4/5. Then Mr Jones gave a tour of our school before Mr Dire joined Mrs Skelton and Year 4/5 for their violin lesson. The violin was a huge success, it was the first time Mr Dire had ever held one and now he tells me he wants to buy one when he gets home! Sophie and Elizabete escorted Mr Dire to the Bruche Bistro for lunch, and he was impressed by the wonderful manners and behaviour of the Bruche pupils. This afternoon he shared memories with children in Year 5/6 and Miss Worley, and of course he shared the South African handshake with everyone! After school I took Mr Dire to see Warrington town centre before he met my family to share a meal.
Tuesday 30th June
This morning Mr Dire spent the morning with Ana, our Spanish teacher. They visited every class in the school and by lunchtime, Mr Dire was counting, discussing colours and the weather in Spanish! He enjoyed the songs in year 2 and had a sneak preview of the forthcoming class assembly. In year 3/4 he was amazed by the children writing descriptions and asking each other questions in Spanish - Charlotte shared her impressive writing. Finnley and James H accompanied Mr Dire to lunch, today that was a special treat of a burger and fries served in a bag so that we could all enjoy a picnic on the field. After lunch Mr Dire enjoyed a poetry workshop with Terry Caffrey and Year 2. Ava and Jake joined Mrs Badley to explain all about the exciting Tatton project that Bruche is involved with, he loved the colourful plants and the wonderful backdrop and models made by the children. After school we visited the Trafford Centre to buy gifts to take home and we also toured the sights. Mrs Dire is a big Manchester United Fan so we called at the Theatre of Dreams to take few photos.
Wednesday 1st July
Mr Dire spent the morning in the Early Years classes. He spent the morning observing how the children learn while they are moving and playing, and how their learning is assessed by the adults. He was amazed by how busy the area was and the wealth of opportunities on offer for the children to experience. Our Head Girl and Boy, Martha and Mason, entertained Mr Dire at lunchtime and explained how our lunchtime actvities are organised. This afternoon we were welcomed by the Headteacher of Green Lane School, which is part of the Woolston Learning Village. We were shown around this wonderful environmentand met some of the children - it was a very special experience, one that Mr Dire will remember for a long time.
Thursday 2nd July
This was the last day the Mr Dire spent at Bruche School. He enjoyed a manic maths lesson with year 2 before joining a group of children for a Read Write Inc session with Mrs Green. Following his busy morning Mr Dire told us how impressed he was by how much the children learned during sessions where they appeared to be having a great deal of fun! Undoubtedly, one of the most popular lunches in the Bruche Bistro is chicken chunks: Mr Dire joined the children for one last time to share stories, make memories and exchange that wonderful handshake. After lunch, he re-joined year 2 for a PE lesson with Mr Chappell, before the whole school gathered for a special assembly. During the assembly, we presented Mr Dire with a Bruche polo shirt and a statue to help him remember his visit. Mr Jones and Mr Dire both addressed the school to offer thanks for the wonderful experience that we have all shared. The final farewell was a fantastic gospel performance by the children in year 5/6.
Friday 3rd July
It was Warrington Walking Day and school was closed, so Mrs Bates took Mr Dire to Chester for some sightseeing and shopping. Mr Dire has a wife and two daughters and he wanted them to have a momento of his trip. It was a relaxed but lovely day and the final goodbye was made at Manchester Airport at teatime.
Mr Dire emailed on Sunday night to let us know he had arrived home safely. He asked that we pass on his thanks to everyone who made his visit to the United Kingdon such a memorable and enjoyable occasion.