Menu
Home Page
Don't forget to use our website and twitter to keep up to date. Please contact Mrs J Cory, School Secretary or Miss Marshall-Jones, School Administrator in the first instance if you have any questions or queries. Contact details given at the bottom of the page.

Click here for live updates from the October 2015 visit to Tanzania

Friday 
 
This morning we arrived at school for 7.40am so that we could see the children in assembly. We wore our new Tanzanian outfits and David also has a matching shirt. They sang their school song to us and then David talked to them about the link with Great Malvern and told them it was our last day. 
 
Miss Henderson spoke to them in English and David translated. She explained that Great Malvern staff and children have been following everything that has been going on this week. She thanked them for letting us take photographs and videos to show you and mentioned how impressed we all are by their singing, gymnastics and dancing performances. 
 
Mr Medcalf and Mrs Abba completed the Africa map, it looks amazing! Mr Mzimbo is particularly impressed with it. 
 
100 new Uji cups for all the orphans have arrived today. The children washed them and then their Uji was served in them at tea time. 
 
We planted green pepper and egg plant seeds in the garden today. Mrs Thomson got stuck in! 
 
Staff organised a Tanzanian cooking class for us today so we could learn how to prepare traditional food. We cooked tembele, mchi cha, banana stew and peas. We enjoyed eating with the staff and then we sadly said our goodbyes. 
 
We have to say though that our favourite part of the day was Skyping you in assembly. We will remember the children's faces here forever!! They beamed with delight when they heard you singing especially when you sang the songs they knew. We miss you all very much!
 
Can't wait to see you all ! Have a great half term everyone. See you next week. 

Africa Map Part 1

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-23.

Africa Map Part 2

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-23.

Cooking Class Introduction

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-23.

Miss Henderson's Guide to Tanzanian Cooking

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-23.

Friday

Friday  1 Very excited about their football kit
Friday  2 Jumping around in excitement
Friday  3 David on his motorbike on his way to school
Friday  4 Prepared for maths
Friday  5 New children starting in nursery
Friday  6 Green pepper seeds
Friday  7 Look at the red ant
Friday  8 Watering the beds
Friday  9 Preparing Tembele
Friday  10 Miss Henderson thanks the children in assembly
Friday  11 Preparing for our cooking workshop
Friday  12 Children collecting rubbish from the classes
Friday  13 Cooking potatoes and Yams
Friday  14 A banana leaf to protects from the smike
Friday  15 Martinshamba's cooking area
Friday  16 Lonely Miss Henderson in Nursery class
Friday  17 The map is almost there !
Friday  18 Hard at it!
Friday  19 Tea time (10.30 am)
Friday  20 An artist receives a Bat Man book
Friday  21 New football boots
Friday  22 A new Arsenal kit
Friday  23 Preparing coconut and tomatoes
Friday  24 Preparing vegetables
Friday  25 Preparing the rice
Friday  26 Fanning the fire
Friday  27 Boiling vegetables
Friday  28 Coals on the lid cook the rice from the top too
Friday  29 Sarah - English teacher
Friday  30 Completed map of Africa
Friday  31 David asked us to label last years map -Our World

Feeding the soil

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-23.

Preparing the flower beds

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-23.

Planting the seeds

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-23.

Protecting and watering the plants

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-23.

Thursday 
 
Today was busy as usual. The cheapest way to travel is by Dala Dala, which is like a bus with about 15 seats. We counted 29 adults and 2 babies on the one we used. It was very hot and sweaty! 
 
We were tipped out of the Dala Dala in a rush. We headed to a garden centre, which was more like a shop which sold seeds. The seeds are sold in tins! We used the money Gardening Club donated to buy spinach, tomatoes, radishes, green peppers, egg plant (aubergine) and cucumber. David was very excited about buying these seeds for his garden. £20 goes a long way in Tanzania! 
 
Mr Medcalf and Mrs Abba continued to work on painting the map of Africa. It is starting to take shape now, and all of the children's teachers have been out to look at it.
 
Have you seen the photos of  plastic tubs attached to some wood? This is for children to wash their hands after they have been to the toilet. Two of the bottles (with red tops) are full of soap (green) and the other two water. The water warms in the sun and the children put their foot on the wooded plank and it tips the water so they can wash their hands. This clever contraption is at a local school and David is keen to have them at Martinshamba. Did you see the bags hanging from the trees? These are dustbins to encourage children to put rubbish in the bin and not on the floor. This is a problem in Tanzania so there is a lot of rubbish on the streets.
 
David taught a numeracy lesson where the children were being taught to draw pie charts. First they needed to draw a circle. At Martinshamba they used bottle tops and cups to draw the circles in their exercise books. We were shocked when David asked the class (100 children) to hold up protractors. Can you guess how many they had? 
 
We asked the football teams to try on the donated kit, which was organised by Mrs Smout. they were beaming as they put them on and they were trying to hide their excitement as we took their photographs. 
 
It is our last day in school tomorrow, so we are all feeling very sad as it has been such a special trip to all of us. Look out for photographs of the finished Africa map tomorrow. 
 
Kwaheri 

Thursday

Thursday  1 Miss H trying to use a sewing machine- epic fail!
Thursday  2 Hand washing contraption
Thursday  3
Thursday  4 Rubbish outside the school
Thursday  5 Vegetables from the garden to be sold
Thursday  6 Dala Dala
Thursday  7 Seeds bought by gardening club
Thursday  8 Monkey at the hotel
Thursday  9 Bubbling uji ready to eat
Thursday  10 Boys toilet
Thursday  11 First stages of the Africa map

Tanzanian Maths Part 1

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-22.

Tanzanian Maths Part 2

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-22.

Filling Water Bottles at Hometime

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-22.

Uji, Uji!

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-22.

Our journey through Tanga

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-22.

On the outskirts of Tanga

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-22.

Rural Tanzania

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-22.

Wednesday 
 
Today we arrived at school for 7.30am to see a whole school assembly. On our arrival we were met by children looking after the  school grounds. They used thin twigs to pick up leaves. Can you find this photo? Some of the children were cutting the grass with a huge cutlass while others swept the classrooms and walk ways. 
 
In the assembly they sang the Tanzanian National Anthem which blew us away. We joined in as we knew some of the words. We were then amazed when they started to sing 'Big Red Combine Harvester.'
 
Mr Mzimbo was over the moon when we gave him the sports bag. He left us smiling ear to ear! He was particularly excited by the rugby ball. 
 
We visited the classrooms today and used the story sacks created by Mrs Brimmell and Mrs Cunningham. They were fascinated by the props and loved wearing the bear ears when we told the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. We taught them the song 'Thank you for our world' and they are now practising in classes, both the words and the signs!
 
Mr Medcalf started painting a map of Africa for teachers to use with the children. The children are all watching him intrigued... 
 
 
Picture 1 Letters from Y5 and a drawing from Charlie in Y2
Picture 2 Enjoying George's letter
Picture 3 Two boys loving a letter from Dean
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 1 Titus loves his new boots Charlie!
Picture 2 Cleaning the school grounds before school
Picture 3 Look at what she is using to collect leaves!
Picture 4 Acting out Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Picture 5 Engrossed in Ten Green Bottles
Picture 6 Teaching Standard 2 ' Thankyou for Our World'
Picture 7 Cleaning the pot using sand and ash
Picture 8
Picture 9 Ten Green Bottles
Picture 10 The three bears
Picture 11
Picture 12 School address- they are writing back to you !
Picture 13 Mr Mzimbo preparing the wall to paint
Picture 14 happy faces enjoying Uji
Picture 15 All the teachers at Martimshamba

Tanzanian National Anthem

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-21.

Big Red Combine Harvester

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-21.

Uji at Martinshamba

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-21.

Martinshamba Gymnastics

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-21.

Tuesday 
 
Today has been the best day by far! Firstly, we planted trees in the school grounds. Then we spent time in the classrooms with the children singing songs and reading your letters. They have all replied to you and drawn lovely pictures for you to see. They also shared some of their impressive artwork with us. A boy called Sam in Standard 5 surprised us all when he recognised a photograph in one of the letters of Sam in Year 3. 
 
We marked the beginning of the Uji Project today with an uji celebration. All 700 children were given a cup of uji as part of a whole school celebration. David organised for the Uji to be served at tea time ( break time) )  and today they used milk instead of water to make it sweeter and creamier. We enjoyed seeing their faces as they were told that today it was free for everyone. The children sat under the trees drinking it, just like we eat our sandwiches outside in the summer. We all tried some too and it tasted like sweet rice pudding. Please thank any of you parents who have bought uji vouchers. 
 
After that we had lunch with the teachers - some boiled potatoes, yams, beans and peas, chapati and bread. We were offered Fanta, water and hot milk to drink. Before the meal we washed our hands in warm water poured from a flask into a bowl. We then sat outside under the shade of a tree as the staff room got very warm. 
 
This afternoon was wonderful bringing Great Malvern to Tanzania by Skype. Years 2, 3 and 6H were able to ask some brilliant questions about our visit and we then took the iPad into a classroom in Martinshamba school. Both the children in Martinshamba school and those in Great Malvern were pleased to see each other.  
Picture 1 Mr Medcalf appreciates the artwork at Martinshamba
Picture 2 Lining up for uji
Picture 3 Enjoying the uji!
Picture 4
Picture 5 No leftovers!
Picture 6 Uji
Picture 7 Bottle tops are used for counting in Maths
Picture 8 Maths counters
Picture 9 Standard 1
Picture 10 Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Picture 11 Standard 2
Picture 12 Standard 3 listening to 10 Green Bottles
Picture 13 Standard 2 acting out the story
Picture 14 Singing with Standard 3
Picture 15 Count in to 10 in English and Swahili
Picture 16 Thank you Lola-Rose and Ebony!
Picture 17
Picture 18
Picture 19
Picture 20
Picture 21 Cleaning the uji pots
Picture 22 Stanley Rabbit
Picture 23 Collecting water and washing their faces
Picture 24 The staff carpark :-)
Picture 25

Tanzanian Dancing

Uploaded by GMPS on 2015-10-21.

Our journey ... We arrived in Tanzania yesterday and stayed at the financial capital Dar Es Salam. We have now found out that the capital city of Tanzania is actually Doha. They call Dar Es Salam their financial capital, due to the amount of trade that happens there. We stayed in a hostel called Kurisini for the night, then we left at 8am to make our way to Tanga City . We were told it would take 6 hours but it actually took 7 and a half (Tanga time). Tomorrow we are going to visit the education office to be welcomed by the Education Officer.

 Our journey ... We arrived in Tanzania yesterday and stayed at the financial capital Dar Es Salam. We have now found out that the capital city of Tanzania is actually Doha. They call Dar Es Salam their financial capital, due to the amount of  trade that happens there. We stayed in a hostel called Kurisini for the night, then we left at 8am to make our way to Tanga City . We were told it would take 6 hours but it actually took 7 and a half (Tanga time).  Tomorrow we are going to visit the education office to be welcomed by the Education Officer.  1 Birmingham Airport
 Our journey ... We arrived in Tanzania yesterday and stayed at the financial capital Dar Es Salam. We have now found out that the capital city of Tanzania is actually Doha. They call Dar Es Salam their financial capital, due to the amount of  trade that happens there. We stayed in a hostel called Kurisini for the night, then we left at 8am to make our way to Tanga City . We were told it would take 6 hours but it actually took 7 and a half (Tanga time).  Tomorrow we are going to visit the education office to be welcomed by the Education Officer.  2 Our plane!
 Our journey ... We arrived in Tanzania yesterday and stayed at the financial capital Dar Es Salam. We have now found out that the capital city of Tanzania is actually Doha. They call Dar Es Salam their financial capital, due to the amount of  trade that happens there. We stayed in a hostel called Kurisini for the night, then we left at 8am to make our way to Tanga City . We were told it would take 6 hours but it actually took 7 and a half (Tanga time).  Tomorrow we are going to visit the education office to be welcomed by the Education Officer.  3 Our journey
 Our journey ... We arrived in Tanzania yesterday and stayed at the financial capital Dar Es Salam. We have now found out that the capital city of Tanzania is actually Doha. They call Dar Es Salam their financial capital, due to the amount of  trade that happens there. We stayed in a hostel called Kurisini for the night, then we left at 8am to make our way to Tanga City . We were told it would take 6 hours but it actually took 7 and a half (Tanga time).  Tomorrow we are going to visit the education office to be welcomed by the Education Officer.  4 Stanley Rabbit is belted up ready to go !
 Our journey ... We arrived in Tanzania yesterday and stayed at the financial capital Dar Es Salam. We have now found out that the capital city of Tanzania is actually Doha. They call Dar Es Salam their financial capital, due to the amount of  trade that happens there. We stayed in a hostel called Kurisini for the night, then we left at 8am to make our way to Tanga City . We were told it would take 6 hours but it actually took 7 and a half (Tanga time).  Tomorrow we are going to visit the education office to be welcomed by the Education Officer.  5 We are greeted by David and our friends :-)
 Our journey ... We arrived in Tanzania yesterday and stayed at the financial capital Dar Es Salam. We have now found out that the capital city of Tanzania is actually Doha. They call Dar Es Salam their financial capital, due to the amount of  trade that happens there. We stayed in a hostel called Kurisini for the night, then we left at 8am to make our way to Tanga City . We were told it would take 6 hours but it actually took 7 and a half (Tanga time).  Tomorrow we are going to visit the education office to be welcomed by the Education Officer.  6
 Our journey ... We arrived in Tanzania yesterday and stayed at the financial capital Dar Es Salam. We have now found out that the capital city of Tanzania is actually Doha. They call Dar Es Salam their financial capital, due to the amount of  trade that happens there. We stayed in a hostel called Kurisini for the night, then we left at 8am to make our way to Tanga City . We were told it would take 6 hours but it actually took 7 and a half (Tanga time).  Tomorrow we are going to visit the education office to be welcomed by the Education Officer.  7
 Our journey ... We arrived in Tanzania yesterday and stayed at the financial capital Dar Es Salam. We have now found out that the capital city of Tanzania is actually Doha. They call Dar Es Salam their financial capital, due to the amount of  trade that happens there. We stayed in a hostel called Kurisini for the night, then we left at 8am to make our way to Tanga City . We were told it would take 6 hours but it actually took 7 and a half (Tanga time).  Tomorrow we are going to visit the education office to be welcomed by the Education Officer.  8
 Our journey ... We arrived in Tanzania yesterday and stayed at the financial capital Dar Es Salam. We have now found out that the capital city of Tanzania is actually Doha. They call Dar Es Salam their financial capital, due to the amount of  trade that happens there. We stayed in a hostel called Kurisini for the night, then we left at 8am to make our way to Tanga City . We were told it would take 6 hours but it actually took 7 and a half (Tanga time).  Tomorrow we are going to visit the education office to be welcomed by the Education Officer.  9
 Our journey ... We arrived in Tanzania yesterday and stayed at the financial capital Dar Es Salam. We have now found out that the capital city of Tanzania is actually Doha. They call Dar Es Salam their financial capital, due to the amount of  trade that happens there. We stayed in a hostel called Kurisini for the night, then we left at 8am to make our way to Tanga City . We were told it would take 6 hours but it actually took 7 and a half (Tanga time).  Tomorrow we are going to visit the education office to be welcomed by the Education Officer.  10
 Our journey ... We arrived in Tanzania yesterday and stayed at the financial capital Dar Es Salam. We have now found out that the capital city of Tanzania is actually Doha. They call Dar Es Salam their financial capital, due to the amount of  trade that happens there. We stayed in a hostel called Kurisini for the night, then we left at 8am to make our way to Tanga City . We were told it would take 6 hours but it actually took 7 and a half (Tanga time).  Tomorrow we are going to visit the education office to be welcomed by the Education Officer.  11 Mr Medcalf found a plane!
 Our journey ... We arrived in Tanzania yesterday and stayed at the financial capital Dar Es Salam. We have now found out that the capital city of Tanzania is actually Doha. They call Dar Es Salam their financial capital, due to the amount of  trade that happens there. We stayed in a hostel called Kurisini for the night, then we left at 8am to make our way to Tanga City . We were told it would take 6 hours but it actually took 7 and a half (Tanga time).  Tomorrow we are going to visit the education office to be welcomed by the Education Officer.  12
 Our journey ... We arrived in Tanzania yesterday and stayed at the financial capital Dar Es Salam. We have now found out that the capital city of Tanzania is actually Doha. They call Dar Es Salam their financial capital, due to the amount of  trade that happens there. We stayed in a hostel called Kurisini for the night, then we left at 8am to make our way to Tanga City . We were told it would take 6 hours but it actually took 7 and a half (Tanga time).  Tomorrow we are going to visit the education office to be welcomed by the Education Officer.  13
 Our journey ... We arrived in Tanzania yesterday and stayed at the financial capital Dar Es Salam. We have now found out that the capital city of Tanzania is actually Doha. They call Dar Es Salam their financial capital, due to the amount of  trade that happens there. We stayed in a hostel called Kurisini for the night, then we left at 8am to make our way to Tanga City . We were told it would take 6 hours but it actually took 7 and a half (Tanga time).  Tomorrow we are going to visit the education office to be welcomed by the Education Officer.  14
Top