School welcomes Ugandan orphans for spectacular show

PUBLISHED: 17:30 07 June 2012

Choir members and school pupils with music leader Stephen Banyikiza.

Choir members and school pupils with music leader Stephen Banyikiza.

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▲ A CHOIR made up of African orphans visited a Weston school and wowed youngsters with a spectacular show of song and dance.

Ashcombe Primary School in Earlham Grove welcomed youngsters from Watoto children’s choir, based in Uganda.

The choir, made up of orphaned children – often through war and disease - tours around the world to raise money for villages in the country.

Pupils, parents and staff at the school have raised more than £600 towards the choir and have now forged permanent fundraising links for future projects.

Headteacher Peter Turner said: “It was a fantastic performance of colourful singing and dancing. I have been in education for a long time but it was the best thing we have ever done with the children. The big thing was the positive message about African children. So often we hear about poverty but these children showed they were vibrant, competent and capable.”

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