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Donations to our South African Partnership can now be made using WisePay for those who have accounts. It is an easy way to make a big difference, thank you.

The Story of the Partnership

Since 2005 The Fallibroome Academy and Mottram Primary Academy, Macclesfield, UK have been part of an International Partnership with Dennegeur Primary School and Grabouw High School in the Western Cape region of South Africa. Fundraising by Fallibroome and Mottram helps to provide resources for the partner schools particularly the provision of materials and extra staff at Dennegeur Primary School. The money raised also funds scholarships for ex-Dennegeur students to attend Grabouw High School, which is the best in the area. We are also working to incorporate the South Africa schools into the Fallibroome Learning Community and to create more opportunities for students to work on joint curriculum projects.

The Partner Schools

As one of two public high schools serving the sixteen thousand inhabitants of the Grabouw district, Hoërskool Grabouw has a long history of academic success in the region since its foundation in 1930. Despite its name, the school is technically a Combined school which means that its 26 teaching staff deliver lessons for approximately 600 students from the age of 7 (Grade 1) through to age 18 (Grade 12). Hoërskool Grabouw is a school that is dedicated to providing quality education to its learners, with up-to-date methods. They stress the importance of each individual learner and aim to provide the support to allow each learner to develop their full potential.

Built to serve the children of farm labourers in the 1950s, Dennegeur Primêre Skool was established on land donated by a local family by the Dutch Reform Mission Church. With a history of serving an indigent community, the school has a tradition of educators so committed to the education of its students that they themselves raise funds for basic resources. It is this innovative and determined spirit that is so lovingly passed on to its 120 students that is helping to raise the aspirations and reduce the poverty present in the local community.

Financial Support

Since 2008, a total of £27,813 has been raised through the annual sponsored walk and £6,786 through the sponsorship of students. This sponsorship allows students from Dennegeur to attend Grabouw High School which gives them the opportunity of greater prospects for the future.  If you would like to join the sponsorship scheme, you can download a form here and return to Mrs H Woolley, Bursar at Mottram Primary Academy.


Staff Visits

Many staff have visited the Partner schools in South Africa since the launch and they have all been overwhelmed by the warm welcome they received from staff and students. They have been able to observe and assist in a range of curriculum areas and support extra-curricular activities. They have found a strong sense of pride and togetherness throughout the school and the pupils have always been extremely well mannered. Visiting staff have also spent time with the sponsored students, building relationships through games and conducting interviews about their experiences. This underlines the impact that the sponsorship programme is having and it has also highlighted the need for more support at transition and ongoing communication with the students in order to monitor progress and provide feedback to the sponsors.

Sponsored Students

We were keen to increase the number of sponsored students, but this brought with it the need to formalise the partnership to ensure this scheme is sustainable in the long term. As a result, in May 2010 the South Africa Steering Group was established, tasked with providing strategic direction to the partnership and ensure we are able to achieve the level of fundraising needed to maintain our commitments. 

One of the key opportunities in the longer term is to strengthen the partnership by offering Grabouw and Dennegeur the opportunity to join the Fallibroome Learning Community.  In this way staff at the Grabouw and Dennegeur schools will have the opportunity to benefit from a range of CPD opportunities that are offered at Fallibroome as part of its Training School commitment.

Development of The International Dimension in the Community Curriculum

Thanks to the hard work and commitment of the Fallibroome Community, activities to raise awareness and funds have been embedded into the Community Schemes of Work throughout the school. Students voted for the partnership to be the school charity for the last academic year and an amazing £2600 was raised. Through a planned sequence of activities from Y7 to Sixth Form we are hoping to change the perception of the partnership from simply giving money to collaboration between students in the partner schools. This collaboration has already begun with Y7 exchanging ideas and information via an online forum.

Africa Evening 2011

Following an inspiring trip to South Africa during February half term and the opportunity to find out more about the great work that goes on at Grabouw and Dennegeur, it only seemed fitting to hold a South Africa Evening as a celebration of the Partnership between the schools. With contributions from dance and drama students here at Fallibroome, as well as an inspiring dance from Mottram Primary Academy, it was a wonderful celebration of all things South African. The 1st XV rugby team who had taken part in the rugby tour at Easter also made an excellent contribution with a DVD diary of their time over in South Africa. Local companies and teaching colleagues were generous in their contribution of prizes and this led to a successful raffle raising over £200 on the night.  Parents and members of the local community, had a chance to gain a better understanding of the Partnership, as well as take the opportunity to join the Sponsor a Student Scheme and sample some South African fayre, lovingly baked by Fallibroome staff! The increased profile of the sponsorship scheme led to a rise in the number of sponsors, thank you to all those who have committed to this.

Africa 2011!

As part of a celebration of African culture, a competition was set up in school which encouraged the participation of all forms from Y7 to Y10. The African countries were chosen at random and allocated to a form. They then had a week to prepare their form room in the theme of their designated country. The competition was judged under two categories; cooperation within the form and cultural understanding with a prize winner in each category, as well as an overall winner. The winners were as follows:

  • Winner Cooperation within the form (8P Egypt)
  • Runner Up Cooperation within the form (7C Botswana)
  • Winner Cultural Understanding (7F Ethiopia)
  • Runner Up Cultural Understanding (10S Nigeria)
  • Overall Winner (7I South Africa)
South Africa Evening 2012

Once again, South Africa Evening was celebrated and was a big success; thank to you everyone who helped make it possible, as well as all those who attended, your support is very much appreciated.

London Olympics 2012

The Olympics were a huge success for GB and the Fallibroome Community showed their Olympic spirit with a form decorating competition won by 8F (now 9F), well done. Congratulations must also go to 8R (now 8R) who won the award for Cooperation and Effort, 8O (now 9O) who won the award for Cultural Awareness and 7E (now 8E) who won the award for Olympic Values. A fantastic effort by all involved!

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