Westbury on Trym Academy has a long-standing partnership with a school in Singdi village in the Annapurna region of Nepal. In 1999 a group of teachers, pupils and parents raised money for the Pahar Trust to build a school in this remote village, and then went out to visit. Since then there have been various groups who have also raised funds and visited the school in Singdi.
In April 2014 and April 2017 a group of pupils and parents from Westbury-on-Trym Academy visited Singdi in Nepal to visit the school there. The purpose of the trip was to continue links between the schools that were initially set up a decade ago, donating money raised this year to further help provide educational resources for the children in this remote area.
Dr Tim Mitchell Trustee of the Pahar Trust
I was lucky enough to serve as Regimental Medical Officer for the Queens Gurkha Engineers in the 1980s when I also took the opportunity to work at the British Military Hospital in Nepal. I soon fell in love with the country and its people. I didn't find out about PTN until the late 1990s and my first involvement was to set up a twinning between Westbury-on-Trym CofE Academy in Bristol and Shree Himalaya school in Singdi, Nepal. This led to a very successful trip with six 10 year old pupils from Bristol to Nepal in 1999. During that trip I first met Tom Langridge and we became friends. I continued the school link and began to involve Rotary Clubs in raising money for schools and health posts giving me the excuse to keep visiting Nepal. I visit at least once a year - the last two being another trip with 9 and 10 year olds from Westbury-on-Trym in April 2017 and again with a group of donors and supporters to open 2 schools and a health post in November 2017. All the groups, young and old, come back from Nepal feeling enriched as the benefits of our involvement work both ways. The country has changed in many ways since the 1980s but there is still a great need and a great welcome in the mountains.
In this picture below we can see Mrs Leigh Mitchell with our previous Head Teacher Mrs Cathy Milton on a recent trip to Singdi. Here we can see the children of the village wearing Westbury on Trym Academy Uniform which was donated from the children here in Westbury.
Another exciting visit from a group of families from Westbury is planned for Easter 2019.
Their next fundraising event for Singdi will be a Quiz Night on Friday 8th March.