Monday, 30 July 2018

Team safely on flight

Hello everyone,

The team are safely on their flight home!

They will be landing at 07:20am at Gatwick North Terminal on 31st July.

All the best,
Annie and all at Inspire Worldwide

Sunday, 29 July 2018

The last post

Blog - 29/07/18 by Sophie Gale

An early start at 6am had mixed reactions but by the time our bellies were full from a yummy breakfast, we were all excited about starting our day. We drove for 3 hours to get to the rhino sanctuary and all got a very good experience of the African massage (pot holes) and we were all very exited to see many baboons sitting in the road. When we arrived at the sanctuary we were all very surprised by a large obstruction, a mother rhino and its calf which was a very rare experience as there is only 20 rhinos in a sanctuary 80km big. We were then lucky enough whilst on foot to see a group of 5 more rhinos drinking at a watering hole. This was a phenomenal experience as these rhinos are the only rhinos left in Uganda. Our guide was very informative and they set up the sanctuary with a rhino from the USA and one from Kenya so they called the baby Obama and built up the sanctuary from there. Each rhino has its own guard so they are very used to humans being around but a rhino did come our way to pee as they apparently don't like to go to the toilet around their family, so we had to hide behind a bush. We then watched attentively until they walked away to get rest in the shade. Then we got back on the bus for the last 4 hours of our road trip to get to a very very very nice hotel with WARM SHOWERS and even a BATH!!! After eating a literal feast we then sat at the table, unable to move, and did our last review. We looked at our highlights, what we have achieved and how we think we are going to act when we get back home. 

As this is the last update of our journey we would like to take this opportunity to thank our teachers who have given up their summer holidays to take us on this life changing adventure and of course our wonderful inspire leaders (The lovely Barney and the lovely Heather) who have kept us alive and sane, and taught us some of the most valuable life lessons. We will also now not be able to see a Barney bear cake or warthog, pig or hippo, without thinking of them. 

We are excited to come home and family and friends though!
Our flight should land at 07.20 to Gatwick North Terminal. The flight number is EK11. All being good, we should arrive at PGS for 10.45am. Please use the flight number to check whether the flight will arrive on time. To confirm, Sophie Hamer will be collected from the airport and all other pupils will see you back at school. 

SEE YOU SOOOOOON!!! xxxxxxxx

Saturday, 28 July 2018

So safari begins

Hello everyone! Over the past two days we have been mostly travelling, from Camp Fred near Kampala to Red Chilli rest camp, which offers spectacular views over the savannah and a short trip to the famous river Nile. 
The drive from Camp Fred to Red Chilli took from the moment it became light to a little before it became dark, however we did stop for a few hours to go chimp trekking in the rainforest, and to see the awesome power of Murchison Falls. 

Chimp trekking was amazing - I had never set foot in a rainforest before and neither did many others on the trip. Thanks to the ability of the guides we managed to get within mere meters of a chimp sitting in a tree. Many photos were taken and we even heard a chimp fight where one was bitten, its sobs all too human like. We also heard chimp 'drumming' where as a show of strength and dominance a chimp will beat the root of a tree (the roots grow sideways not down as most of the nutrients are on the top of the soil, producing wooden walls at the base of the tree). The 'drumming' was very loud and after testing the root of a mahogany tree, it made me appreciate the chimps strength.

After the long trek through the jungle, we continued towards Red Chilli, stopping only for Murchison Falls save for a few petrol stations. Around 300 meters cubed of water had to be squeezed through a 6 meter gap causing a constant spray for those who came near and a foam on the water at the bottom of the waterfall.  We arrived at Red Chilli just after dark, surprised to find that many of the meals were quite western. 

The next day we started early to go on a safari, a first time for many. After crossing on the car river ferry, we drove in our safari bus which had a raisable roof to the start of the trail. The vast plains of the savannah was beautiful and we saw many animals. There were countless giraffes, antelopes and warthogs grazing and relaxing the the morning sun. We also could see groups of elephants and one group saw a lioness. There were hippos that were chomping the grass right next to our tents whilst we were going to sleep the first night at Red Chilli, much to the horror of some, however we were glad to see some more in the daylight wallowing in the lake that we stopped at during the tour. The views of the natural landscape and the wild animals, usually only seen behind bars at a zoo were spectacular and the experience will be remembered for a long time!

Daisy Sum--> can you make marmite crumpets when I get back pleaseeeeeeeee xx

Libby--> mum, are you back from Greece? Love you both. Have you heard any news about H ? Xx

Edie--> hey everyone! Miss you all and thank you for all your comments! Can't wait to see you when I get back, lots of love! Xxxx
Ps: grandma and grandpa thank you so much for the comments, send my love to the lot in bath, see you soon!

Lauren--> Missing you both! I look forward to seeing you again.

Florence--> looking forward to seeing you, stock up on food; I'm coming home soon ! X

Spragues--> Parents, are you still alive?

Honor--> how's the house? Love you both xx

Lucy--> who's picking me up? xx

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Final day at Kikaaya

Hey everyone! So today was the last day that we were going to be at  Kikaaya before our adventure to Red Chilli rest camp, where our trip will become more like a holiday. In the morning everyone was packing frantically to make sure we were ready for the long and early journey tomorrow morning. After lunch we went to the school to play a game of netball and attended the leaving assembly. The assembly was very different to those we have in England as, in this version there was lots of street dance, music, and even a balloon party :)), it was very enjoyable and all the students from both PGS and KCS loved it. After the assembly KCS played PGS in a friendly netball match, PGS won the match and there were no injuries thankfully. After the match we received best wishes from our Ugandan friends and left them for the last time. Lots of tears were shed and I'm sure we will all miss them. 

Elliot--> can I have '€lliot' and that's good to hear (about Mario)

Kristian-->Is Dad and Adam alive?

Lucy? Was it Charlie's birthday today? Did he bring me back things from Israel? Wait is he even back yet?

Sophie - aw I'm glad I get to see the Mortimer's! Love you so much and I can't wait to see you all very soonnnn xxxxxxx

The Spragues - we guess you don't have wifi anymore.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Finishing touches

Hi guys, it's Daisy Sissons  writing the blog today, hope everyone has had a good day. 

So, first thing this morning we had a delicious samosa and toast breakfast - the Nutella was brought out but unfortunately due to the nut allergies it was taken away :( 

Then we walked to KCS and began the projects. The library is well on the way to being very organised and nearly all the books are numbered. The art team finished the wall mural (a pattern of fruit and vegetables and huge green leaves). The wall looks fab! And finally I was doing gardening, we had a very successful morning, splatting the mud and water concoction into the unstable areas of the wall.  We completed the keyhole gardens and planted them with carrots, onions, green peppers and eggplants. Then we went back to Camp Fred, and had a rather British lunch consisting of potato salad, lettuce, avocado and tomato ( it was sooo nice). 

Then we walked back to the school, the walk to the school is really dusty and today we saw 5 builders throwing red bricks up to each other like they were feathers. 
Once at the school some of the pupils engaged in a passionate debate about climate change and the economic role of developed and developing countries! It was really interesting to hear some of the views expressed by pupils of KCS. 

Then for dinner we had cabbage and Irish potatoes, (slightly like deep fried potatoes) which were like food from the gods. 

Everyone is super sleepy here but very excited about the safari ! 

Hope everyone is well 

Will : Nora's cooking is better than yours xx

Everyone else has gone to bed so more comments tomorrow.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

The end is in sight...

Hello! Welcome to today's blog!

This morning everyone pulled themselves out of bed reluctantly and full of aches and pains, but excited that the ends of all the projects were in sight. We left for the school, and all joined a lesson. Some of our art students attended an A level art lesson on portraits taught by our own Mr Peebles. It was hard to do the lesson because they had no paints, pencils, paper or even chalk to write on the board. The others attended a Geology or PRS lesson taught by Mrs cross and Mrs Sands respectively. Most of us were shocked that many of the students didn't know what a mindmap was. After everyone returned to plastering, and the classrooms were finished (with considerable help from the fundees!) and for those asking- to get the higher sections, the fundees built scaffolding to climb up and continue. Mrs cross went to teach an A level class on Moses.

After lunch everyone returned to their previous projects, the gardening team secured the walls of the key hole gardens and got the soil ready to plant. The art team tidied up the murals adding outlines and contrast. The library team continued their hard work labelling and organising books.

Everyone finished the day tired but happy!


The Spragues- 
THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH PARENTS!!!!! 😃😃😄😁😆😆😆😄😃😀😃😃😄😁😁😆😆😁😁😃😀😀😅😅😀😀😃😄😁😁😆😀😀😀😃😄😄😁😆😁😁😄😃😀😅😅😀😃😄😁😆😆🤗🤗😍😘😘😍😍😘😗😚😚😁😄😀😀😃❤💛💛💚💙💜💜💜💙💚💚❤❤❤💛💚💙💜💜💜💝💞💞💕💕💕❣❣❣❣💘💝💘💖💖💖💗💓💓💓💘💞💙💚💛💛❤💛❤❤

To Simon and Louise Rhodes- 
Helllllllo, hope your having a lush time in Greece, missing you loaaads. I want alllll the babies.
Love Cooch xx

To Helen and James Priory-
Hope you all well (and Betsy)

To the Gales-
Can you buy me an ice burg lettuce from Sainsbury's please, to eat in the car (Sophie xxx)

To the Hamers-
Can't wait to see you soon, really enjoying it out here, hope your having fun there! Thank you for commenting please keep it up xxxx

To the Critchleys-
Having you so much fun! Miss you all and have so much to tell you! Your regular comments mum, have become a staple of evening reviews. Safari soooon!xxx

To Julie and Libby -
Hope you both enjoyed Italy and the move went well today, missing you both. Lots of love xxx

To Kristian's parents-
I'm not dead. I'm wearing my hat.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Football... it’s coming home?!

After a rather tired wake up and breakfast we all arrived at the school and attended some lessons, which we all really enjoyed. Year 9 took part in a technical drawing lesson which, after realising it wasn't an art lesson, we all found interesting. We all loved learning maths in a very different way. Year 10 learned about African climates in a geography and year 11 sat a religion lesson where they learned about traditional East African beliefs, which they found very different but still interesting.  

We then all went for project work. The plastering team kept going with the classroom. Our splatting techniques all improved massively, however the skill of keeping all our cloths immaculate, which the fundies (Ugandan builders) have completely mastered, are still as unimpressive as when we began. The gardening team, despite a few walls falling over shaped set backs, continued to finish the key hole gardens- filling them with more soil and making the first efforts to dampen the soil. 

After lunch we then had a football match against pupils from KCS, and in true Ugandan style we only found out about it this morning. Even with a team of very mixed abilities we all gave it our all. We made some dramatic saves (notably mine which was with my chest and completely winded me) and tackles and did all we could, but after a devastating  3-1 defeat I must report that sadly its still not coming home, just yet. Despite this, the whole experience was amazing for everyone: from the team taking part and playing to the rest of the cohort who watched from the sidelines and talked to some Ugandan children (about all sorts of interesting things!). 

On arrival back at camp Fred we all had time to have a much needed rest before an amazing dinner of beef (but Sophie G thinks it was goat)  stew and noodles. 

Blog by Lucy A (spellings were checked by Sophie G) 

Daisy Sissons: Hi Mum and Rob, hope everything's going okay and this weekend wasn't too stressful hahahaha - also would u mind doing me a massive favour? Please could u text Charlie (Rob has his number) and say hi and hope he's okay and stuff from me ? Thank you xxxx love youuu 

Sophie G: hope you're having a lovely one on the Danube please may you bring me back something pleaseeeeeeee  (preferably food) 😘😘😘😘😘

The Spragues : parents, PLEASE JUST READ THE BLOG 😔

Sunday, 22 July 2018

One day in Church...

Today was a great interlude from our ‘normal’ day to day work as we went to church, walked around the village and visited homes of our friends from KCS. 

We walked to the church after a favourite breakfast of chapatti, honey or sugar with bananas. We met madam Lydia and her child  Raushanah at school and walked to the local  church. Despite being 2 hours longer ( 3 hours)  than planned for and mainly in a different language, it was an interesting insight in to the relaxed, but close knit community as we had a skit performed to us about the relationships of women in family, heard readings and sang hymns. Included in this Edie introduced us with a calm and collected manner that put us all at ease. 

We then came back for a delicious lunch of pea sauce with rice and watermelon to go back out at 3 for a long wander that lasted till 6. Inbetween walking we split into two groups, one visited a KCS local girl called Hadija and her family. They were very hospitable and served us with a full plates of food and bottles of water! The other group visited three houses; one having rabbits in the garden and another had only 2 bedrooms for 7 people. The evening consisted of a yummy meal and a great game of describing and miming with prizes of eclairs. 

Overall we have all realised the many differences in cultures, hospitality and length of religious ceremonies!

Flo Wassenberg 

Sophie H- I love those comments they make me very happy. What are the Mortimers doing there when I am not? Excuse me? Rude. X 

Will- I was dancing!! Maybe you didn’t see me?

Flo W- thanks send my love to all x.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

One day in Kampala...

Hello welcome to the blog today written by Sophie Hamer!

Today started off with a lovely breakfast consisting of bread with  jam, honey and banana. We were quite tired from the work during the week but were positively ecstatic to travel to Kampala. Our first visit was to the Ugandan National Mosque. It was very beautiful and we all enjoyed a very interesting tour by... the tour man. We even got to hike up the 272 stepped staircase that lead to the Minaret which is where they do the call to prayer. 

After a very interesting visit to the drop toilets (😂) we headed to the Craft village which is the biggest craft village in Uganda! We all bought some lovely gifts for friends and family, and had fun bartering with the sellers. Lucy would like Ann to know that she has expanded the living room army of hippos! 

A quick lunch was had back at Camp Fred, which was pineapple, avocado, banana stew and rice. We were all quite nervous as we headed to Kikaaya school for our cultural performance. You'd all be happy to know that it went very well, however we hope those laughs from the audience was with us not at us! Our first Ugandan dance was the circumcision dance but don't worry although it was the real thing, nothing was removed! It included a lot of enthusiasm and effort, although we found it difficult to squeeze onto the stage. The other performances were brilliant and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Now the Gay Gordon dance is another story! It was very funny and  goony - it went exactly to plan! *cough* *cough*. The teachers say that despite our lack of talent our enthusiasm made up for it! 

We received many thank you's from the students and was made our way back to Camp Fred. We had a well deserved dinner which was rice, chicken, vegetables and mango. We had a lovely review where lots of love was shared, followed by more comments being read out by Barney today! 

We would all like to say thank you for the comments, it's lovely to know you are thinking of us all the way out here. Thanks for reading my blog today! 

Lucy Aubrey: Would d e s p e r a t e l y like to know where Team F4 finished in the league.

Scarlett and Flora : thank you so much for the comments from Miss Nicholson and the Hamer's (thank you dad!) It made them feel very appreciated. :)

Daisy Summerskill: please buy me something dad :) :) 

Will: please stroke Bramble for me! 

Daisy Sissons : just wanted to say I absolutely love hearing your comments Mum and Rob - also I bought some cool sandals which I think you will love :)) xxx

Libby: she says she misses Simon and Louise and she missed the pooches.

Edie: says that she missed everyone but is having a lovely time, she loves and misses you all and wishes that you have a lovely time on the boat! 

Sophie Hamer: I love and miss you guys! Can't wait to give you your presents, I've been thinking of you all a lot, I have so much to tell you! Love you! Have a lovely time in Spain! 

Floss: missing all of you, got some coffee! Don't miss me too much cause I know you will be (especially Albert!)

Sophie Gale: is Oreo in care? I hope you are having a lovely time on the Danube, hope you are not getting too drunk! 

Elliot: I'm taking lots of pictures!

Friday, 20 July 2018

The mural is completed!


We had an early start this morning to get a good start on our new plastering project in the vocational part of the school. The vocational college allows students to develop and learn skills and trades that allow them to find work within the community, such as engineering, hairdressing, building and car mechanics. 

Once again we had a lovely breakfast prepared by Norah (and her cute baby) before setting off to the school. At the school we split into two teams, one to complete the various art murals and the other to take on the first day of plastering at the vocational college. There are four unfinished classrooms at the college in need of either plastering or having floors and windows put in. We started learning the difficult splatting plastering technique the fundees (a cool word for builder) taught us. After a lot of struggle to keep the plaster on the walls and the lack of equipment, we finished one wall. 

The other team which was at work on the various art murals made amazing progress in completing the school hall mural. The art team (comprised manly of Mr Peebles, Honor and Daisy) did an amazing job and despite only having six inches of paint brush between them, the hall mural looked stunning, the blackboard surrounded by unicorns, birds and both the British and Ugandan flag.

After lunch we had an hour practice of our 'circumcision dance' which we are performing in our cultural exchange tomorrow. The Ugandans found our attempts hilarious as usual, but despite British hip stiffness, we all had a good go at it and had a laugh.
In the evening we did a rehearsal of our songs dances and poems for the cultural exchange which promises to be a roaring success!

Thank you all for writing comments, which where again read out in hilarious accents by Mr Peebles, although at the time of writing this blog the Sprague sisters are still waiting for a comment! 

Blog by Edie :)