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Kenya trip for Thetford pupils

PUBLISHED: 10:39 16 July 2009 | UPDATED: 21:36 07 July 2010

NEARLY 60 Norfolk high school students left for Kenya on Saturday to visit two Nairobi schools that have become the inspiration for a pioneering Fair Play scheme in the county.

NEARLY 60 Norfolk high school students left for Kenya on Saturday to visit two Nairobi schools that have become the inspiration for a pioneering Fair Play scheme in the county.

During their visit to Starehe boys' and girls' centres, the year 10 and 11 students from Methwold High, Thetford, Flegg High, Martham, Cliff Park High, Gorleston, Yarmouth High, and Acle High will spend two days in the slum areas of Nairobi working with school children aged seven to 14.

They will be teaching songs, rhymes and games in English to very disadvantaged primary children, leading coaching in football and tag rugby, tree planting and cooking for the community.

The trip marks the 50th anniversary of the boys' school which has become a flagship centre for outstanding student leadership, the youngsters themselves taking full responsibility for student discipline and welfare.

Schools have evolved peer support schemes and developed mentoring and anti-bullying strategies, while students have attended training sessions and twice-yearly conferences at Carrow Road.

Youngsters have raised funds for their trip by car-washing, holding discos and packing shopping in supermarkets among other enterprises.

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