A Zimbabwe school will receive £5,000 of teaching resources thanks to the fundraising efforts of Brackley Junior CE School.
Pupils and staff have supported Mapane School for the past five years, raising more than £3,000. This year, to mark headteacher Loretta Boreham’s retirement, the school has set itself the target of raising £5,000.
So far £3,600 has been collected through quiz nights, sponsored events completed by staff and pupils and a staff panto which took place this week.
Mrs Boreham explained: “We were linked to the school through Lynne Knight who works for Family Impact in Zimbabwe. Her parents go to the church here.”
Mrs Boreham will also visit the school in June with colleague Jo Brice to spend a week teaching. It is hoped £5,000 will enable Family Impact, an African Christian charity, to provide sports equipment, books, desks and chairs for the pupils.
Mrs Boreham said maintaining the link with Zimbabwe is very important to the pupils. When interviewing the new headteacher, the pupils’ first question was whether the school would still support Mapane.
She added: “It is very real for them because they can see what their money has bought and they can see the deprivation.
“Every single bit of our fundraising has been for the Mapane school. We are a church school and the very ethos of the school is about caring for others.”