Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link

School-to-school links

School-to-School Links Spring 2022

Isabel Hodger and Richard Homewood write:

Despite the covid situation our school links remain strong. We still have 12 partnerships and regularly exchange news with our partners in Sierra Leone. We now meet through Teams or Zoom, it is so good to see everyone’s faces, even if it is on a screen.

Schools in Sierra Leone are functioning normally. The cases of Covid in Sierra Leone remain very low.

Sadly, exchange visits are not currently possible, although we hope to start them up again in 2023. But we have made a Community Celebration film to bring together all our schools and projects. You can find it by clicking on “On your screens now…” in the list of Recent Updates on the right..

Our School Farms Project is now in its third year. The 2022 School Farms Project launch took place on 9th April. We have grown to 30 schools participating in this amazing project. Our aims for this year include looking towards sustainability; including the local community; and developing skills in practical agriculture for more pupils, working towards possible livelihoods in farming. The enormous success of this project has inspired schools in Hastings UK to start their own school gardens.

Our International Pupil Council in UK has been difficult to maintain with covid restrictions here, but our schools in Sierra Leone have been able to continue their regular meetings and now every classroom in our partner schools has a waste bin. They are now working towards every school having a waste dump on site.  At the latest meeting in April, Letitia Huggins, teacher at Jui Upper, showed the students how to make kites out of waste materials.


Global Learning still continues in our UK schools despite covid. It is an important part of the curriculum, and having a partner school makes it more meaningful and helps to bring it to real life.

We are always looking for schools to join us in our partnerships, so if you are interested in developing Global Learning and Connecting Classrooms in your school, please get in touch.


Our current partnerships are as follows

Claverham Community College – Huntingdon Allentown Secondary

St Leonards CE Primary – Model Baptist, Grafton

St Paul’s Primary Academy – REC Kossoh Town

All Saints CE Primary Academy – Edest Primary

Battle Abbey Secondary – Kelly’s Vocational College

St Mary Magdalene’s RC Primary – Beckley Primary

Guestling Bradshaw CE Primary – Maynard Primary

Christ Church CE Academy – Kankalay Muslim Primary

Battle and Langton Community Primary – REC Jui Lower Primary

Sedlescombe CE Primary – REC Jui Upper Primary

Sacred Heart RC Primary – REC Hastings

St Peter’s and St Paul’s – Glory Primary


We also maintain close links with:

St Mulumba

Christ Standard Primary

REC Rokel

Huntingdon Jui Secondary.

Some photos from the 2020 visit. (We’ll update our school photos when we c an.)

Growing plants in old tyres: Kelly’s Vocational College
Two classes in one room: REC Rokel Primary
‘True or false?’ maths game at St Mulumba
Practising using Base 10 equipment at the Teachers’ Workshop
Using a projector for the first time ever at Jui Upper Teachers’ Workshop


More Base 10 work