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.

Tanzania 2017

Day 1 in Tanga!

After visiting the council offices with Mr Hansen, Mrs Cory, Miss Henderson and Mrs Dudman headed out to Martinshamba. The children and the teachers were so pleased to see us arrive in a gold car being driven by David and were keen to show us the changes that are going on in Martinshamba. It looks so smart, with lovely new flower beds and the classrooms were AMAZING! Full of pictures and children's work and displays to help the children learn. Mrs Cory was very excited by the kitchen and is busy planning her week of uji celebration when she will add banana, chicken stock (not at the same time!) and other delights to excite the children's tastebuds. 

 

We were treated to a fantastic display of singing, dancing, acting and gymnastics with every class wanting to take part. Check out the videos!

 

Tonight we head to the tailors to design our new outfits and tomorrow we will be teaching the children all about snakes and ladders. 

 

Tanga office

Tanga office  1
Tanga office  2

The kitchen

Still image for this video

Classrooms displays

A warm welcome from a standard 1

Still image for this video

Tanzanian National Anthem

Still image for this video
A moving moment as always. They sang their hearts out!

Africa National Anthem

Still image for this video
Do you recognise this song?

Great Malvern choir singing at the Global Celebration

Still image for this video
The staff at Martinshamba still remember the choir singing at the Global Celebration in June.

Standard 2 girls' choir

Still image for this video
All the students sang to us in English about being happy, happy, happy to see us.

Tanzanian dancing

Still image for this video
Our Tanzanian visitors dancing at our Global Celebration.

Standard 4 performance

Still image for this video

Mr Maszimbo's gymnastics class (part 1)

Still image for this video

Mr Mazimbo's gymnastics class (part 2)

Still image for this video

Day 2 has been a super busy one! Mrs Cory, Miss Henderson and Mrs Dudman have visited all the classes from Standard 1 to Standard 6. We were blown away by the children's knowledge of how to count in English and they helped us improve our Swahili counting. We taught all the children how to play 'Snakes and Ladders' to help with counting and the children did not have any trouble understanding the idea that to land on a snake is bad! We had to be quite resourceful with finding counters to play the game with when the classes have up to 90 children in them! 

 

You will see from the videos that the kitchen is moving on quickly and should be completed by the end of the week. Mr Mazimbo and Mr Juma took us to harvest okra which we will be cooking on Friday. 

 

We are looking forward to the skipping workshop and uji with milk, sugar and banana tomorrow!  

Counting to 10 with Standard 2

Still image for this video
The children are confident counting to 10 in English. Can you count to 10 in Swahili? Mojo (one) , mbili (two)...

Teaching Standard 2 how to play snakes and ladders.

Still image for this video

Snakes and ladders Standard 2

Still image for this video
They played in groups of 3 or 4.

A game with Standard 1.

Still image for this video

Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders  1
Snakes and Ladders  2
Snakes and Ladders  3

An attempt at cheating by a boy in Standard 3

Still image for this video
A boy called Mohamed was trying to roll the dice between his hands so he could roll a six each time.

Shopping for material.Which pattern would you have chosen?

Shopping for material.Which pattern would you have chosen?  1
Shopping for material.Which pattern would you have chosen?  2

Walking through Tanga in the evening to get material.

Still image for this video
What can see in the shops?
Find something you can travel on?

Harvesting okra

Still image for this video
Have you eaten okra before?

The kitchen is underway.

Still image for this video
David went shopping yesterday afternoon to buy all the materials needed to complete the kitchen. It needs to be tiled to help with cleaning and the roof needs a little more work. David is keen to have all the work completed before we leave.
Tanga day 3

Today David stopped off at the supermarket on the way to school  because Mr Hansen and Mr Sewell were coming to visit Martinshamba and he wanted to make sure he had enough drinks and nuts and biscuits for his guests. He wore one of his most colourful shirts and proudly showed off the classrooms, the kitchen, which is nearly complete, and the wonderful children at Martinshamba. He then took us all to help plant out the tomato plants in the garden. Mr Hansen was amazed by the banana trees and how fast they could grow! From a tiny plant to a tall tree with loads of fruit in less than a year! 

 

The children loved having a banana with their uji today, and Mrs Cory went to join in with snack time with Nursery. 

 

We we shared the letters with Standard 6 and they were pleased to be able to write back to their 'rafiki' in England. 

 

We we are looking forward to skipping tomorrow!

Kitchen

Still image for this video
Checking out the progress of the new kitchen

Uji

Still image for this video
Uji was cooked outside today because the kitchen is being renovated.

Planting tomatoes

Still image for this video
Everyone took part in planting tomatoes today. The children worked very hard.

A special treat today for all of the children.

Still image for this video
Mrs & Mrs Mayo asked us to treat the children. They were given a banana from the local market and their uji was sweeter than normal because we added milk and sugar.

Standard 6 were delighted to receive letters from students at Great Malvern.

Can you find your letter in these photos? 

Day 4

Today we were up early and in Martinshamba ready for assembly at 7.30am! The children sang the national anthem and a couple of songs that Great Malvern had taught them. Miss Henderson and Mrs Dudman attempted to teach the children the signs to 'Thank you for our world'. 

 

Then we took 50 children from Standard 4,5 and 6 to teach them long rope, short rope and French skipping. The children were so enthusiastic and taught us moves we didn't know! The children loved it when Miss Henderson added music to the display we presented at the end of the lesson. 

 

We we went to Chumbageni Primary School which is partnered with Somer's Park Primary School. We watched the cricket and rugby tournament and Martinshamba girls did really well! 

 

We we are looking forward to the cooking workshop tomorrow. 

Conrad's scarecrow is still guarding the garden a year on.

Conrad's scarecrow is still guarding the garden a year on.  1

All the students at Martinshamba singing the National Anthem

Still image for this video

Students singing Combine Harvester song

Still image for this video

Children singing Thank you for our World

Still image for this video
They practise our school songs every week.

Teaching some signs for Thank you for our World.

Still image for this video
Mrs Dudman and Miss Henderson team taught the signs for this song.

Skipping

Still image for this video

French skipping

Still image for this video

Skipping

Still image for this video

Skipping

Still image for this video

Warming up before their cricket match against another school

Still image for this video
Picture 1
Picture 2

Cricket match under way

Still image for this video

Toilets at Martinshamba

Still image for this video

Tanga day 5

So we went into school today for our last day in Martinshamba feeling happy with the amazing time we had had, and sad that it was our last day with the teachers and children. 

 

The children sang to us to say thank you, and we expressed our appreciation for the warm welcome they had given us. Each year more children remember our visit from the year before and it is lovely to see the relationship between the two schools growing. 

 

We we all took part in the cooking workshop; just what it is possible to produce on open fires is incredible but it took such a long time and a lot of willing hands to prepare the food - no vegetable peelers, no blenders, no chopping boards, electric cookers or the other gadgets, just a few sharp knives, bowls and metal cooking containers. 

 

Mrs Cory, Mrs Dudman and Miss Henderson all realised their skills need work! The girls from Standard 6 were brilliant and with all the teachers we got it all done, along with lots of laughs and enjoying spending time together. 

 

The food was delicious and we ate Tanzanian style with our fingers. Then the teachers passed us gifts they had for us and we shared our gifts with them. The agreement was universal that the link between the two schools gets stronger and stronger and we felt sad to be leaving but looking forward to meeting up in June. 

Cooking workshop

Still image for this video
We joined the teachers and some of the girls from Standard 6 to prepare vegetables for our meal later. The girls were much more adept with a knife than we were!

Preparing potatoes for chips.

Still image for this video

Preparing plantain

Still image for this video

Grating coconut using a special chair.

Still image for this video

Tanzanian cooking with the teachers

Frying chips

Still image for this video
Top