It was our pleasure this week to play host to eighteen teachers from South Africa, visiting Cholsey as part of the CHOKO project…

Their presence influenced much of our week, as we enjoyed playing Mancala…

Made South African flags, exploring its mathematical properties and the meaning behind the colours…

So, by the time they arrived, we were all very excited…

Even if it was a bit of a ‘squash and a squeeze’ in our tiny school…

Conversation flowed freely, before we shared some of the ways we practice basic maths skills….

Which included visiting our Tuesday Trading, where the Gang buy and sell goods, 25% going to the school, 75% to the Vendor. A brisk business was done in rands…

Then it became a tale of the unexpected! We gave our visitors a small gift each, (some resources to use with their children), in response they broke into traditional song and dance…

What unfolded was epic…moving…magical. Some very special memories were made. When they left, we felt we probably have more to learn from these lovely people, than they do from us. One of the children has conveyed this far more succinctly than I could ever hope to…

 

‘Ding, dong!  A rush of excitement spread through The Treehouse School as the doorbell rang. Could it be the Choko visitors from South Africa?  Yes it was!  Suddenly emotion flooded into the room as old friends were reunited and new friends welcomed.  But there was no time to waste; ‘Team South Africa’, wearing their splendid green and gold outfits, had come to see The Treehouse Market.

So where was the market you say…Follow me!  Through the garden the eighteen visitors were taken and into The Scout Hall.  Homemade cakes, cookies and lamb samosas soon sold out.  South African rands spent our trading came to a close.  Gifts were given, and then thanks and kind words exchanged.  This is where the fun begins.  All of a sudden the songs and dancing began.  Sound waves echoed through the room, as a sea of green and gold swirled around The Scout Hall.  Everybody joined in.

But all great days come to a close.  If you have ever seen Choko visitors dance and sing you will know what I mean.  As we waved our friends off, we hoped we would see them again soon.  We had such a good time. ‘

To conclude, it was an honour and a privilege to meet Team South Africa, who left us feeling that we had been gifted some African sunshine.

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