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Fourteen students and eight teachers from the St. Martin in the Fields Church of England High School in South London will leave for Jamaica this week-end, for a one week educational and social link with staff and students of the Anchovy High School in St. James.

The link is the continuation of a relationship, which was established in 2007 under the three-way ‘Triangle Project’ to commemorate the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. 

The initiative involves St. Martin establishing educational and social relations links with schools in Ghana in Africa and Jamaica.

Staff and students, who will participate in this year’s visit to Anchovy, paid a courtesy call on Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Anthony Johnson, at his office in London on Monday, February 11.

They were accompanied by Assistant head teacher, Maureen Alcorn and Jamaican-born teachers Stacey Gyles-Sommerville and Cassandra McKoy. They briefed the High Commissioner on the project, which started with staff trips to the link schools.

Through a grant provided by the British Council in 2009, members of staff of St. Martin and Anchovy were able to pay reciprocal visits, and in October of that year, students from St Martin went to Anchovy to participate in a netball tournament, led by their Jamaican-born head of Physical Education, Cassandra McKoy.

The British Council further sponsored a trip by staff and students from Anchovy to St. Martin for two weeks in July last year, where they worked on a range of activities in different curriculum areas under the theme of sustainability. 

In art and technology, the students created their own designs, which were then transposed onto t-shirts and computer mouse mats; in drama, they collaborated in the creation of a play; and in geography, they analysed soil samples.  There were also projects in sociology focusing on urban environments and in history, on recycling.

The students and staff from St. Martin will undertake similar projects at Anchovy when they visit next week, and also launch a media project. A staff member from St. Martin will also be making ice cream using fruits grown on site by the Anchovy students.  

High Commissioner Johnson congratulated the school on the initiative and presented the group with two books on Jamaica. He also answered questions from the students about his career and growing up in Jamaica.



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