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30th July 2006 ~ Email from
We have had quite a few, but this was
another special day. The furniture team made another
3 tables, four benches and varnished them, but ran out
of materials so we will have to go to the wood market
The painting team finished painting
the base coat of the inside of the school and started
pencilling in the designs. The putty team finished tidying
up the old putty and started glazing the remaining windows.
There was also a stone team that went out with the local
children and cleared the surrounding area of stones
and laid out pathways, driveways, gardens and playground.
When Mr Teece arrived with the furniture team for the
sports afternoon he promptly drove over his parking
space even though it was 3m wide!
We all headed over to our village to
play an 8 a side match against the children only to
find we were playing against the village 11 a side team!
Mr Teece, Whomsley and Alan were brought out of retirement
and the surrounding villagers came to watch so there
was 300+ people around a dust pitch. There was a tremendous
atmosphere with singing and dancing on the touchline.
It was very hot and due to the lumps, bumps and elephant
dung on the pitch Coopers' decided to defend deep and
hit it long. We took an early lead when Tom Simmonds
latched onto a through ball and scored! The game continued
in good spirits with various interruptions: for a truck
to drive across the pitch, the ball to be repaired with
a large plaster from the first aid box and then the
ball burst so they had to cycle to the next village
to get another ball. The local team scored just before
half time and the pitch was invaded by hundreds of people.
As we came off the pitch one of their players commented
on Liz W in goal saying that he did not know that women
players could be that good and that "she had played
like a man"!
The second half was end to end with
our plan of rolling subs working a treat. There were
plenty of chances for both sides but the game went on
for what seemed like an eternity until fatigue set in
and they scored in the dying seconds. There was another
mass invasion, a huge mixed team photo and we gave them
our footy tops. They were very pleased as they can wear
them when they play their next match versus the local
village. There were many good performances but James
Titterton, James Edgar and Mark Hopkins made notable
The football was then used for an unexpected
netball match and it was quite a sight with the same
300 spectators crowded around the court. The game was
fast and furious with local rules being played and a
more physical approach taken. Fraser Buck was outstanding
as "goal keeper" using his height to advantage.
They were a well drilled team and attacked with pace
and precision using a low level approach, again the
court being invaded whenever they scored. They were
very generous and repeated the court invasion whenever
Coopers scored, with Danielle W and Kirsty D being prominent
The match took a similar pattern to
the footy match with Coopers' tiring in the heat and
the local team ending victorious. A particular highlight
for me was watching a restart after they scored and
Annina W was exhausted, but her player was still full
of energy, jigging around. An elderly lady in the crowd
felt sorry for her and came onto the court and helped
Annina to raise her arms above her head! We had another
group team photo.
During the afternoon many people came
up to me and the rest of the students and thanked us
for everything that we have done for the school and
the village, very humbling.
As we left the villagers sung to us as we drove off
into the bush.
It does not get much better.
Tuesday 1st August 2006
~ Text from Julian Teece:-
06.48 (GMT) - Yesterday
was a hard day, working from 9 to 4 with only a 30 minute
break. Still lots of painting and building done. Tonight
we are eating out, so no phone calls today please.
Off to town to buy wood for the third time!
2nd August 2006 ~ Text from
- We are having a few technical email problems this
end. Hard working days 8 am to 5 pm as the school handover
is on Friday at 10am!! Our meal last night was very
good i.e. 500 gram steaks.
3rd August 2006 ~ Text from
- Another hard working day. Everyone at the school between
9 am and 6 pm. We have it 90% finished. Classroom painting
superb and 35 tables and benches made. Kids a credit!
to Emma Honey at Liyoyelo Farm
Spoke to Emma on Thursday,
Mr Teece had to call her away from the camp fire. Said
she was having a good time and was eating a variety
of food she wouldn’t usually eat at home! Said
she had also lost a few things - and I now know who
lost their ticket at the airport and found it on the
floor of Boots the Chemist (no names mentioned!) Ringing
the farm was easy and reception was very clear.
Sharon Roger and Alice Honey
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