Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the David School will be held on the evening of Thursday 19 May 2022 at Ramsey Golf Club – 7.00 for 7.30.

Please let David Wallwork know if you plan to attend (wallwork26@btinternet.com).

A cold buffet followed by lemon meringue pie, tea and coffee will be served. Cost: £17.00 per head. In order to satisfy the caterers your replies would be appreciated by May 12th.

Latest from Sierra Leone is that none of our children or staff were involved in the terrible Traffic Accident on 5 November but Alfred , our coordinator, lost his personal taxi in the inferno. He now has no source of income to support his family. Hundreds died and many are still dying in hospitals. Very sad.

CAN YOU PLEASE HELP?

Autumn 2021

WE CURRENTLY NEED

Bars of soap

Toothpaste

Toothbrushes

Girls’ sanitary pads

Shoes and trainers

Red Gingham school uniform

Red polo shirts

Money raised through sponsorship and online shopping with Easy Fundraising and Amazon Smile

Please email us on wallwork26@btinternet for more information and advice on delivery/collection.

Sponsorship information and the necessary forms can be downloaded from this site. Click on Get Involved and then Child Sponsorship.

Bright Boy

The boy in the picture is called Sara Turey, yes a boy’s name. Very small for a boy of his age. He is with his headteacher Morlai in the blue suit and teacher Sorrie. He has achieved our best results ever at 14+, in fact he was best across the whole chiefdom(district). Sadly during the exams he lost his father, his only living relative and is now an orphan in our care. We intend to find foster carers to look after him and so allow him to continue his education.

Latest shipment to the school

On Saturday 31 July David and Janet drove our shippers in London with supplies for the school. This is the first shipment for almost a year. The consignment includes soap, face masks, toothpaste, girls’ hygiene products, classroom materials and uniforms. Our shippers are Marie Sinneh Ltd whose depot is in Bermondsey in the shadow of the Shard. Thanks to everyone who donated goods and to Ramsey Motors for the loan of the van.

Coronavirus Update

We currently have 411 children on roll with 14 teachers and five classroom helpers.
New school term started on Monday 4 January.

I am pleased to report that all is well and we have no cases in children or their families.

Teachers have been vigilant and pupils have received advice and training on the precautions necessary to avoid infection.

We maintain regular contact by electronic means although we are unable to travel

School term ended on Friday 19th and I feel sure that everyone, especially the teachers will enjoy the festivities.

Lots of movement of pupils going to stay with relatives which may cause a possible transmission issue. This was one way that Ebola spread so quickly but hopefully now the authorities will have learned

The virus doesn’t seem to have been a major problem in West Africa although information is very sparse and limited in validity.

BBC data records 2500 confirmed cases in Sierra Leone with sadly 75 deaths. These are most likely to be in densely populated Freetown rather than in rural villages.

David Wallwork

Message from a teacher at the school

Dear Trustees,
I have been following the unfortunate events around the Corona virus pandemic with heightened concern. The sheer number of confirmed cases and the dazzling death rate all around you, our loved ones, have compounded my anxiety. Each passing moment, hour and day, deepens my sadness about the grave danger that you have to contend with.

There can be nothing terrifying than to find oneself in a situation like this where one is apparently powerless and having nowhere to run to. The whole WORLD is on lock down in the face of a merciless plague.

In Sierra Leone, as you would have heard, we have recorded a few confirmed cases and in addition to several other measures, the government has ordered a lock down starting this Sunday.

At this very difficult moment, dear Trustees and friends of The David School, as the world continues to collectively fight off this anathema, I stand in solidarity with all of you in UK and Norway in prayers for God’s guidance, protection and grace over you and your loved ones.
Please continue to do everything to stay safe and may God save us all.

With Love.
Foday Sahid Kanu
Mathematics teacher at The David School, Mile 36.

Coronavirus Epidemic

David School Update March 2020

The Corona virus epidemic is changing many aspects of our lives here in the UK and also causing increasing concerns in West Africa.

We heard last weekend that the Government of Sierra Leone had introduced two weeks compulsory quarantine for visitors from the UK. This was followed by the cancellation of flights to Freetown making any visits impossible in the foreseeable future.

Although currently there are no cases of the infection, their Government has decided to close all schools from 31st March as a preventative measure. This is an early start to the normal Easter break.

Teachers are currently insisting on all children washing their hands on arrival at school and taking everyone’s temperature. Lessons learned from the Ebola crisis two years ago. The Charity is supporting their efforts by providing soap, additional guidance and encouragement.

On a more positive note the first food supplies have been delivered to school under the scheme to feed all primary pupils at lunchtime. Training will be given to parent volunteers who will prepare and serve the meals. We hope this will begin as soon as the school re-opens.

Further information here.