A Cardiff High School has held a special sports day with pupils from five other schools in the city, to celebrate its successful bid to partner a school in South Africa.
Cantonian High is now linked to Westcliff High on the Western Cape, in a partnership developed via the Dreams and Teams programme. Operating in a range of countries around the world and run by the British Council and the Youth Sport Trust, the scheme uses sport to develop “international young leaders” and establish similar school partnerships across the globe.
On Friday September 11 Cantonian High pupils took part in a range of sporting activities with other children from Fairwater, Pentrebane, Peter Lea and Landsdowne primary schools, at the same time as pupils from Westcliff High School in South Africa. They then had the opportunity to communicate with each via web cam, video and email.
The aim is to give the youngsters a chance to share their learning experiences, while exploring another culture, promoting equal opportunities and addressing traditional cultural perceptions. Later in the month pupils from Westcliff will be flying to Wales to visit Cantonian High in person.
Executive Member for Schools and Lifelong Learning Cllr Freda Salway said: “The Dreams and Teams scheme is an excellent way of providing a platform for children to explore a number of important issues. Whether it’s equality, culture or tradition, learning through sport and sharing experiences with other pupils here, and in South Africa, is a very exciting opportunity. We can now look forward to the future advantages this partnership will bring.”
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