LVC was proud to receive the British Council's International School Award for the fourth time in 2013. The award is a recognition of the international dimension to our curriculum, from the innovative Language Futures project to our link with Boepathutse Junior Secondary School in South Africa.
The partnership with Boepathutse was established over 10 years ago and has involved a number of exchange visits between the two schools. In 2013, seven students and two teachers from Boepathutse visited LVC and spent time in lessons and exploring the local area as well as giving displays of South African drumming and dance.
In July 2014 we took 12 of our year 11 students to our link school in South Africa. Students raised nearly £2,000 to pay for this trip of a lifetime. We spent 6 days staying with host families in Soshanguve Township, working in the school and experiencing the culture and way of life.
We were privileged to visit the late Nelson Mandela's house in Soweto, the Hector Peterson Museum, Pretoria National Court and Old Prison, Freedom Park and the Voortrekker Museum.
We took part in sports leadership work at Boepathutse and each student delivered a lesson of their choice. We visited and helped out in primary schools and in the feeding centre, where 40% of the school population get their only meal. We experienced a traditional school assembly with singing and dancing and on the final day we co-produced a farewell assembly with our hosts.
Throughout our stay, we received the warmest of welcomes and friendships were made for life.
John Maddock, PE teacher