Sister schools alliance reaps rewards
Bakewell Primary School continues to strengthen its relationship with Renatu Primary School, its sister school in Timor Leste, an association that enhances cross-cultural understanding and promotes interactions between the students and teachers of both schools.
The coalition followed a visit to Timor Leste by principal Paul Nyhuis and assistant principal Cindy McLaren to meet with the Renatu Primary School leadership team.
Mr Nyhuis said: “Our proximity to Timor Leste allows practical engagement with another country, shows our sense of moral purpose, and helps our students build their competence in language and communication skills.
“Students and teachers from both schools share knowledge, develop friendships, and better appreciate their importance in a wider international context.
“Our students have been enthusiastically raising money for the sister school, including Crazy Hair Day, where they could sport imaginative hairstyles for a gold coin donation.”
Through the Friends of Bakewell initiative, there are plans to involve the Bakewell business community in fundraising for Renatu Primary School.