In July 2019, eight Conisborough students set off on a once in a life time adventure to Livingstone in Zambia. Accompanied by Head of PE, Mrs Pritchard, the students were involved with numerous local schools whilst organising and delivering an exciting inter-school Tag Rugby tournament.
The students took on various fund raising activities in the run up to the trip and raised over £18,000 and secured individual grant funding toward the costs of the project. They also went through vigorous training sessions in preparation for the trip so that they could acquire the skills to teach the students in Livingstone.
Whilst there, they also got involved in other community projects, including EcoBrick making, which involved collecting plastic bottles and packing them tightly with un-recyclable waste to create an insulating building block, which will help improve their school buildings.
As well as all the hard work while in Livingstone, students also got the opportunity to visit the Victoria Falls and the Royal Livingstone Hotel where guests can enjoy their very own Zebra family and students enjoyed a cold lemonade while watching hippos and crocodiles as the sun set on the Zambezi river.
A huge thank you to the Tag Rugby Trust and to the Jack Petchey Foundation for making this project possible and, of course, to our amazing students for all their hard work and for making it such an enjoyable experience.
The 2017 Zambia Trip Revisited…
What we hope to achieve working with Tag Rugby Trust
Naturally inclusive – The non-contact nature of the game means that Tag Rugby is gender inclusive and does not discriminate on the basis of age, size or experience.
It’s fun! – Fast moving, high scoring and engaging. For beginners this means fun and achievement, more passes and more points.
Short Term Impact
Building additional classrooms and enabling the school to accept more children and additional grades, giving them a chance at an education.
A security wall will prevent vandalism and the inappropriate use of the school grounds in the evenings and on weekends by members of the surrounding community, as well as making the school a much safer environment for children to learn and play in.
A teacher’s house will allow the school to support a member of staff and will also mean that the school can be guarded around the clock.
Long Term Impact
By making these alterations to the school, it will be able to maintain its own social enterprises but will in the future achieve Primary School status and receive the accompanying government support.