Baha's Story

It all started in 2013 with a rainbow and then there was a pedal powered cinema, a giant gorilla made of spoons, a meeting with Uri Geller and royalty and a block of joy...

In 2013 our Eco Officers were awarded a certificate in recognition of the good work they had promoted around recyling and composting. We had new recycling bins for our school waste and an impressive population of worms ready, willing and able to devour the waste products from children's daily fruit snacks. A rainbow was created as a symbol of our good work in this aspect of our Eco Award (see photo below) and Louise and Ryan attended an awards ceremony. When they came back to school we were inspired  and we realised we could do A LOT MORE and make links beyond Ellesmere Port…

Next we submitted a bid to see if we could get the Great Ape Film Initiative pedal powered cinema to visit our school. We were one of 10 schools in Cheshire to be successful in this. Denis Agaba came to our school from Uganda and told us about the plight of the Great Apes. There are five kinds of great apes: orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and gibbons.

When Denis got back to Uganda he set up a pen pal link for us. We were pleased when our first pictures arrived so we could see what the school looked like. The school is much larger than ours and has more than 1000 pupils.

We donated more than £100 to GAFI and we also joined in with ‘Go Orange for Orangutans’. From our colourful dressing up day we were able to visit Chester Zoo and present a cheque for £100. We had a special tour of the orangutans and treated ourselves to lunch at the zoo.

We wrote to the children in our partner school in Uganda and told them about our work to support Chester Zoo and how pleased we were to be twinned with their school. We loved receiving pictures of the children opening the letters we sent.

In March 2014 we started to collect spoons to help Uri Geller create his Spoon Gorilla and were featured in the Chester Chronicle for our good work. Children in lots of countries were doing the same thing as it turned out that 40000 spoons were needed. Ms Finch was delighted to receive a VIP ticket to the unveiling of the statue in the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Uri Geller! The special guests arrived by helicopter whilst the statue was under wraps.

Since then we have sent our twin school money to buy trees to plant, more letters, Christmas cards, books, a plaque to celebrate our twinning, some footballs and most recently additional planting money to help in the creation of a Forest School in Uganda. Here's what was said about our twin school after a 2018 visit: 

"Your twin school was literally amazing- you have to go and visit!  You could see all  the trees they have planted from your school and we planted two more to mark the visit. They were all waiting for three hours to meet me (on a Sunday) as Denis was delayed and then sang their hearts out! We even had a marching band. Denis is working with the school and two other schools to develop a forest school area for them to use- so they are going to use your donation for that- I have attached a photo of the hillside they are building it on. I'm hoping your school would like to get involved in our next project- GAFI  have joined forces with DRIP Uganda (, who build rainwater harvesting systems for families in crisis. We are intending to send over a DRIP  team to build 60 rainwater harvesting systems in the schools and homes of the children who attend the GAFI schools." (Nicky Bolton)

Good work is being done because we are working together to make a difference.This includes the fact that following receipt of the email above we invited families to come and dine with us to raise money towards the Drip Tanks (Dine for Drip) and we raised enough money to get 5 drip tanks built for families in December 2018. 

You can view a video here sent to us in 2021 which clearly shows the positive impact we have had for the children and families of our twin school, Muganza School in Uganda. There is still more to do and that is why we are proud to conintue our link. Our current goal is to be able to send £600 towards more trees and more drip tanks (This had only been paused because we were not able to hold our usual in school fund raising events and with the help of our families here and a sponsor or two we hope to be able to reach this target in Autumn 2021).

We believe that some of the benefits of developing international links are:

  • a deeper learning and life long learning

  • bringing the world to our young people and creating wider opportunities for them

  • celebrating differences that unite us

  • broadening and enriching the curriculum

  • improving teaching and learning and raising standards

  • raising awareness of the world around us so that our children can become global citizens of the future

  • continuing to broaden staff horizons and providing opportunities for international CPD 

Read about gorillas on WWF website

Vist the Wildlife Conservation Society website

Denis Agaba's First Visit to Westminster

Find our more about GAFI (Great Apes Film Initiative)

Find out more about the Drip project


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Contact the School

Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
CH65 2ED

Tel: 0151 832 3672

SEN Contact: Sarah Davenport