Harvest highlights school’s Burma link
Pupils at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy held a special harvest assembly today which highlighted the school’s link with Burma.
Children brought in bags of fresh fruit and vegetables and tinned and dry food to the assembly, which celebrated the harvest festival as well as cementing ties with a school in Tamu in northwest Burma.
Headgirl Isabelle Morley said: “For the past few years we have been fundraising for the charity Stand By Me. Our school slogan is Local School, Global Community, and it’s all part of that.”
During the assembly – which was held four times for the different school houses, there was also a display from 11 gifted and talented dancers in Year 10 and a performance from the brass band and music group, Horizon, performing a song they had written especially for the school in Burma.
Isabelle, who is in Year 13, said: “I think it was really good, there was a really positive response from all the children and all the performers were really good.”
As part of the festival, a number of competitions were held between the four houses – Roddick, Whittle, Brunel and Newton.
Year 7 pupils worked towards making the best basket, Year 8 pupils tried to create the best scarecrow, and Year 9 pupils worked towards making the best square on a banner that will be sent to the school in Burma.
The competitions were judged by headteacher, George Croxford.
At the end of the assembly, the donated food was divided up by Year 10 pupils and delivered to senior members of the community in Bassett.
Royal Wootton Bassett Academy is planning to raise £15,000 to build a school, which will equip youngsters with the knowledge they need to break the cycle of poverty, a hallmark of the country which has been ruled by a military junta for years.
Pupils from the academy are working with the charity Stand By Me to build the school in the town of Tamu, in northwest Burma, 90 miles into a restricted zone.
Forty per cent of children in Burma do not have access to education since the government spends only 1.3 per cent of the budget on education. Tamu is on a major route between India and China, making it a centre for drug and human trafficking.
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