Sabre Newsletter - Term One 2015/16
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Dear Supporter
Building Better Schools Programme Update
OLA Kindergarten Centre of Excellence
OLA Centre of Excellence is now open! The school was completed ready for the start of the new academic year at the beginning of September. This innovative Sustainable Kindergarten Complex is unlike any of the other schools in the area, and it was clear to see the children were thrilled with their new school.
Click here to see the finished school and the fun that the children had during their first week. 
Holy Child Kindergarten Centre of Excellence

Works at the Holy Child Centre of Excellence have continued at a phenomenal rate.
  • All three classrooms have now been roofed, and insulation is being installed
  • Wooden frame walls ready for cladding have been fixed in two out of three classrooms, with the third classroom well underway
  • Two of the classrooms have had all plastering works completed, door frames finished and windows fixed in place.
  • Grass has been planted in each of the outside learning areas.
To follow the step by step progress of this construction project please visit our dedicated blog
Transformational Teacher Training Programme Update

Western Region

September marked the start of the new school year and the beginning of programme implementation in the Western Region. The team are now settled into their new office at Holy Child College of Education and have already delivered the first two Intensive Training Workshops of the year.

The second Intensive Training Workshop focused on phonics, along with the new theme 'All About Me' and general development of children’s literacy skills. By the end of the four day workshop, the teachers said that they felt ready to start introducing phonics to their children.  Find out more about how the workshop went here.

Amenano DA Kindergarten wins award

We were delighted to announce that Amenano DA Kindergarten was awarded ‘The Best Kindergarten in Western Region’ at the first national Best School Awards.

Amenano is Sabre’s 4th Sustainable Kindergarten Complex, built to the Sabre-Arup design, and was fully funded by Tullow Ghana Ltd, as well as being the first school in the Western Region to implement the Transformational Teacher Training Programme. Find out more about this exciting award here.
Central Region

16 new schools joined this year's Transformational Teacher Training programme and had their first Intensive Training Workshop in September. The participants included 56 teachers from 40 classrooms and a staggering 103 student teachers from OLA College of Education. The student teachers will spend their practical year both in the established classrooms and new classrooms where they will be mentored by the classroom teachers. Find out more about the first Intensive Training here
Fundraising Since the Summer
Eat for Education

In September we launched our first Eat for Education initiative, which aims to raise awareness of how nutrition and hydration improves children’s learning and also raise funds to make sure Sabre can provide clean drinking water and basic kitchen facilities at every school we build. The initiative took a two pronged approach, involving both individuals and restaurants and cafes.
We had a fantastic response locally in Lostwithiel, with Asquiths, 2 Quay Street and Fran's Pantry all joining our initiative for September.

Our good friend and supporter Betsy Coles hosted two fabulous dinner parties raising a phenomenal £1,520.

If you would like to host an Eat for Education event yourself please contact
Thames Path Challenge

Four AECOM employees, Tom, Toby, Walter and Dolores bravely offered to take on the epic 100k Thames Path Challenge in September in support of Sabre.  Despite a range of foot related injuries they successfully completed the walk which heads up stream from Putney Bridge to Runnymede, then on to Henley and raised a phenomenal £2,000. Wow!
Eden Half Marathon 2015

On Sunday the 18th October a team of six brave athletes took on the ionic Eden Half Marathon on behalf of Sabre. The Eden Project route is challenging and covers multi-terrain through areas of spectacular mining heritage and beautiful countryside.

Joining us for the second time were Lostwithiel locals Tom Miles, of Partner Schools Worldwide, and Oliver Denne.

A team from our corporate partner Subsea 7 came down from Surrey, and second time runners Paul Tews and Fabio Girotto, were joined this year by their colleagues Daniela Miranda and Martin Enger.

It was a fantastic atmosphere and together the team raised a fabulous £1,018.
A huge THANKS to all our fundraisers and supporters! Together we really can build a brighter future for school children in Ghana.
Akwaaba (Welcome) to New Teams Members
As our Transformational Teacher Training programme has expanded into the Western Region so has our team in Ghana. Julia Cave Smith joined us in October as Project Manager in the Western Region, and we are delighted to have her on board.

Katie Coles, who has been part of our Ghana Team for the past two years, has now returned to the UK and joined our fundraising team. You can read more about Katie’s transition and first weeks in her blog.
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