The bus Bishop Ramsey pupils gave to a Malawi school
STUDENTS from Ruislip have headed off to Africa for two weeks on a sharing and learning trip.
On Monday 20 Year 12 students from Bishop Ramsey CE School, in Hume Way, Ruislip, jetted off to Malawi.
They will be spending time with pupils at Malosa School - a school that has forged special links with Bishop Ramsey after fundraising efforts enabled them to purchase a minibus. Sixth form students from Bishop Ramsey also visited the school two years ago.
The sharing and learning theme of this year's trip will involve Bishop Ramsey and Malosa School pupils finding out about each other's lives. Some of the Bishop Ramsey students also made a video tour of their school's new facilities to show in a Powerpoint presentation.
The students will also visit a variety of institutions, including a local hospital, a blind school, a primary school, a township and a mother's union. Wherever they go, they will be taking gifts with them provided by the school's fundraising.
The pupils are being accompanied on their trip by Head of Humanities Faculty, Donna Petford, and the School Chaplain,the Reverend Laurence Hillel.
Ms Petford said: "This is an exciting opportunity for us all to live in the community and gain first hand experience of a way of life very different to our own.
"We will appreciate what it is to be affected by poverty, HIV and AIDS and see the difference even the smallest gift can make. A real learning experience."
Reverend Hillel said: "Bishop Ramsey School has had a link with Malosa Secondary School in Malawi for the last decade.
"Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. Yet as we discovered when we visited back in 2007, the people are generous, friendly and welcoming.
"This repeat visit gives us the opportunity to strengthen our ties, to build bridges of understanding and for our students to learn that wealth is not necessarily the key to happiness."