We said a sad farewell today to the boys from Western Province Preparatory School (WPPS) in Cape Town, who have been here on an exchange with the SHS boys for two weeks. Below, teacher Craig Connellan, reflects on the trip.
“It has been fantastic for our boys to experience schooling at Shrewsbury House. The day-to-day school life is similar to WPPS, but also different in so many ways. Latin and French lessons were something new, and the chance to play football matches led to much excitement and many stories of ´assists´ and goals. The boys absolutely loved been transported to and from school by bus.
We were fortunate enough to go on some fantastic outings. The theatre production, School of Rock, was the cultural highlight of the trip. The boys loved seeing other children dominate the stage in this energetic musical. The visit to Hampton Court Palace brought history alive, and the ancient maze proved to be a hit with the boys. Aside from the busy tubes, a visit to London was a huge amount of fun. Hamley´s was the clear winner from an entertainment point of view. There was also a moment of pride when we saw the statue of Nelson Mandela, our greatest leader, in Parliament Square.
The main benefit of the Exchange has definitely been the new friendships that have been forged. The boys, parents and staff at Shrewsbury House have made us feel most welcome. Our boys are extremely fortunate to have been so well cared for by all the host families. They were given so many wonderful opportunities by you all. The Shrewsbury House staff are amazing, and made sure that our boys were fully involved in the classroom and extramurally. A special thanks to Mr Neil Driscoll for all his organisation on this trip. Finally, we would like to extend our appreciation to the boys of Shrewsbury House, who made this Exchange so memorable. You are all welcome at WPPS anytime.”