OAKS stands for Overseas Aid for the Kids of Sierra Leone. The OAKS School has been open since 2007. It now has about 350 students and relies on the OAKS charity. At the end of January, Mrs Moran sent off a bumper package of letters and small gifts to OAKS School. Students had written letters during Academic Review time and in Learning for Life lessons to start the penpal scheme. They received their replies a few weeks later and Mrs Moran went into assembly to give them out.
Lauren Jones 8YL
When Mrs Moran told us about the scheme, I was so excited. As soon as I started writing my letter, I couldn’t stop so I wrote two letters to two different children: one was a boy called Gebrella and he is 14 years old and the other one was Augusta and she is 14 years old also.
Augusta was so sweet and she wrote me a little song. I loved it. I also sent a little bracelet and she said she loved it too. The little song said: ‘I like you friend keep it up, I like you friend keep it up. I am your friend, friend, friend, you are my friend, friend, friend.’
Sian Cullen-Lloyd 8YL
When Mrs Moran told us about the penpal scheme with the school in Sierra Leone, I had mixed feelings. I was excited and scared because I didn’t really know what to write. I have always wanted to write or speak to someone far away on another continent and learn about their religion, life etc. I want to see how different it is from my own.
My penpal’s name is Margret Katim. She is 13 years old, likes dancing, listening to music and sports. We have a lot in common.
Nathaniel Allen 8BA
A few weeks ago we were introduced to a pen-pal scheme by Mrs Moran to write letters to students in Sierra Leone. This was new to me as it was my first letter that I had got a reply from and especially such a good and interesting reply from a child like me on another continent.
As soon as I sent the letter, I forgot about the reply and so when I got one I was very surprised. It is great to learn more about their life because the only life I know is my own. I am currently working on another letter and I am hoping this project will continue as I want to learn more about David’s life and how it is different from mine.
Joanie Needham 8BA
I was happy to take part in writing to people in Sierra Leone because it means you can see what life is like there. When I first wrote a letter, I was unsure what to expect but when their letter came back I was interested to learn how different life is there. The person I wrote to sounds really kind. I am currently writing a letter back and I am going to send a present. I hope my penpal friendship will carry on. I am really grateful to take part in this unusual activity.