Our Very Special Visit from Emmanuel
Bosbury School has been incredibly lucky over the course of nearly a whole fortnight recently to have welcomed an extremely special visitor - Emmanuel Sinayitutse, the Headteacher of our Tara link school in Rwanda.
Following Mrs. Walker and Miss Cooke's incredible visit to Rwanda last summer where they got the chance to experience a whole new way of life in an African country, not to mention an entirely different way of school life in a country very different to our own, months and months of planning and fundraising as well as the kind support of the British Council finally came to fruition in September as Emmanuel was finally able to pay Bosbury School an extended visit himself!
Emmanuel was given a very warm welcome at Bosbury, with the very caring young lady from Class 4 shown above even going to the trouble of baking him a special welcome cake!
After being introduced to the school in a special assembly, Emmanuel then embarked upon an extremely busy couple of weeks at Bosbury...
He had a go at working with our very lovely youngest children in Class 1, and, through his knowledge of languages, was right at home helping out Mrs. Dark during her French lessons!
He also managed to chat live with the Deputy Head in Rwanda with Class 4, went to Puzzlewood with Class 2, and loved getting involved with the tools at the ever-popular forest school!
Emmanuel's long list of extra-curricular activities during his stay at Bosbury also included a special walk up the Malvern Hills on a breezy Sunday afternoon with staff, parents and children, and even a visit to London with Miss Spence where he was given a whistle-stop tour of all of the grand sights and sounds of our lovely capital! He must have been absolutely exhausted by the time he was ready to go back home!
Emmanuel also presented the school with this beautiful plaque to celebrate the new working partnership and friendship between Bosbury and Rwanda...
... and in return, during an emotional goodbye assembly, we presented him with a lovely piece of batik artwork which he said would go straight up on the wall in his office back in Rwanda, along with a special certificate to commemorate his visit to teach in our school.
He was also well and truly blown away by the many lovely cards, gifts and messages which he received from pupils and parents.
Thank you Emmanuel for visiting our school, and everyone in the Bosbury School community wishes him all the very best back in Rwanda. We hope his experiences at our school will come in extremely useful for the teaching practice of both he and his staff at the Tara school.
He left us with this lovely message about his special time at Bosbury...
Plans are already afoot to send two members of staff to Rwanda again next year, and we look forward to hopefully welcoming Emmanuel back for a second visit to Bosbury in 2021! Watch this space!
We even made it into the Ledbury Reporter!