Sandringham students meet Her Majesty’s High Commissioner to The Gambia.

Sandringham School has a ten-year link with Farafenni Senior Secondary High School in The Gambia, with students and staff from both schools making regular trips to continue the partnership and support the raising of standards in The Gambia. This February, eighteen sixth form students and three staff, including headteacher Alan Gray, visited the school to participate in lessons, build friendships with their Gambian peers and also support leadership development of the school. They also viewed progress of the next capital project being sponsored by Sandringham – a canteen area. This is something that is essential and will make a massive difference to the learning environment for young people.

As part of the visit the group were invited to meet Sharon Wardle, the new High Commissioner to The Gambia. Sharon Wardle was appointed as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Gambia last summer but on Thursday 8th February, with the return of Gambia to the Commonwealth, she became the new High Commissioner. The students spent over an hour with Mrs. Wardle where they heard first-hand the strategic vision for development of the country and were able to ask a number of questions to her. These included how the country will continue to address gender equality issues, FGM and to ensure full democratic processes are in place. Alan Gray thanked Mrs. Wardle for her hospitality and being so generous with her time. He said that the students were inspired by their meeting with her and have gained a greater understanding of how the Commonwealth works to support member countries. Sharon Wardle was equally impressed with them saying it was a real pleasure to meet students with so much enthusiasm and an impressive set of questions for her. She has offered to meet them again when she next returns to the UK.

The school is currently working to raise a further £7000 to complete the canteen at Farafenni Senior Secondary High School and is seeking sponsors who might wish to be linked with this wonderful community project. Any potential sponsors can contact the school to discuss opportunities.