From safari to school

African Day at Eskdale School''Joe Howard and Freddie Hunt
African Day at Eskdale School''Joe Howard and Freddie Hunt

THE spirit of Africa was brought alive at a Whitby school when dozens of unusual animals more likely to be found on safari paid a visit.

Eskdale School hosted its first Africa Day in response to its outstanding Ofsted report, in which inspectors recommended students experienced more of other cultures and religions.

Pupils have recently been to a synagogue in Leeds and the school will be hosting Indian dance troop Annapurna later in the year.

All students in the school took part in the day and attended five hour-long workshops along with children of different ages.

The workshops included African poetry, African myths, Djembe drumming, African drawing and Tag Rugby.

Pupils also got to meet pythons, pygmi hedgehogs and giant African land snails loaned from Yorkshire Coast College at a workshop called On Safari and they also found out more about the killer disease malaria through a special workshop.

The day was organised by the school’s strategy manager for teaching and learning, June McCleave.