The first intake of pupils into an all new Nottingham University Samworth Academy (NUSA) will enjoy a transition day with a difference at The University of Nottingham on Wednesday July 7 2010.
NUSA opened in September 2009, but will unveil its brand new £24m facilities on the William Sharp site in Bilborough in September this year. Its sponsors are The University of Nottingham and retired businessman and philanthropist David Samworth.
NUSA Project Director Professor Diane Birch said: “This is the time of year when all the children who start secondary school in September visit their new schools. At NUSA, we want to show the new intake that theirs is a school with a difference because the University is one of its sponsors.
“So their transition programme is a collaboration between NUSA staff working with University of Nottingham staff and students, culminating in this day of activities with a South African theme on campus.“
The organisers have chosen the South Africa theme partly because of the interest in the World Cup, but also because a group of trainee teachers from The University of Nottingham travels to South Africa every year to teach in township schools in Pretoria.
“All 22 of this year’s volunteers are helping with the NUSA transition,” Professor Birch added. “And we are also delighted to welcome Thandi Mnguni, the Head teacher of Zakhele primary school in Pretoria, who has been teaching the children Zulu greetings and songs as well as the exuberant 'Diski dance' invented for the World Cup.”
Activities planned for Wednesday (World Cup semi-final day) include mask-making, drumming and story-telling, and the climax will be a procession of all 150 children around the Portland Building, making music and wearing T-shirts in all the colours of the South African flag.
PHOTOCALL/INTERVIEWS: The pupils and staff will be available for interview from 12:30 in the Portland Building on University Park. For more information contact Andrew Burden or Professor Diane Birch.
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More information is available from Professor Diane Birch, NUSA Project Director, University of Nottingham, on +44 (0)115 951 5706, Di.firstname.lastname@example.org; Dave Harris, Principal, NUSA, +44 (0)115 951 5775, email@example.com; Alison Ingram, NUSA Project Manager, Academy Project Unit, University of Nottingham, +44 (0)115 951 5775, Alison.firstname.lastname@example.org; or Internal Communications Officer Andrew Burden in the University’s Communications Office on +44 (0)115 846 8313, email@example.com