OFF TO LONDON!

15-member group from Anchovy High School now in London on exchange programme

BY MARK CUMMINGS Observer West senior reporter cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, July 08, 2010    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — A 15-member group from the Anchovy High School is now in London, England, participating in a raft of educational, cultural and sporting activities, under the Triangle project established in 2007 in recognition of the historical triangle of trade between Britain, Ghana and Jamaica.

The group, consisting of five teachers and 10 students, departed the Sangster International Airport on Saturday night bound for London, where they will spend two weeks at the St Martin-in-the-Fields School for Girls.

"They (St Martin-in-the-Fields) paid a visit in October last year and this is a return visit that we are doing," Sonia Bernard, a senior teacher at the Anchovy High School, told the Observer West, shortly before the departure of the group.

The visit, she said, is mostly educational, adding that they will also be participating in entertainment and sporting activities.

Through the project, which also commemorates the bicentenary of the abolition of the Slave Trade Act, three schools — St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Andrew's Anglican Complex School in Ghana and Anchovy High School have forged positive links.

In October, a delegation from St Martin-in-the Fields — comprising six teachers and 13 student — spent one week at the Anchovy High School where they interacted with the school's population.

While there, some of the teachers from St Martin-in-the Fields taught french classes, tag rugby and gave dance lessons.

The group also donated sports gear and thousands of dollars worth of teaching aids, including laptop computers and an E-Beam to the St James school.

Sharon Woodstock, the head of delegation to London, said on Saturday that while overseas, the students will participate in different activities at the London-based institution.

"The itinerary includes, a church service, barbecue, track and field classes, classes in information technology and art and craft as well as a netball completion," said Woodstock.

The group will return on July 17.

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