Working Together, Learning Together
The Bambisanani Partnership is a unique collaboration developed by St. Mary’s Menston in Leeds, UK and Mnyakanya High School in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.
Bambisanani is the Zulu word for “working hand in hand” and aptly encapsulates the partnership between the two schools.
Our partnership uses sport as a major catalyst to develop international understanding, education, health and leadership.
The initiative, which began in 2006, has gained both national and international acclaim.
Mnyakanya High School
St. Mary's Menston
During 2016 we are celebrating 10 Years of Bambisanani
Winning logo design by St. Mary's pupil Jack Lynn, 7 Gwyn
St. Mary's Menston pupils have written a Mission Statement for what they aim to achieve and how they will achieve it during the forthcoming visit.
Friday evening (22 April 2016) saw another great night at the annual Bambisanani music concert. There were performances from the St. Mary's & Cardinal Heenan Jazz Band, the St. Mary's Ukulele Orchestra and the Leeds Youth Jazz & Rock Orchestra.
As a result of our continued fundraising particularly the Fairtrade cake sale at the end of last term, we are still able to provide sponsorship for our South African friend, Simphiwe Ndlovu and help him achieve his ambition to qualify as a teacher.
During 2016 we are celebrating 10 years of the Bambisanani Partnership. Jack Lynn's (7 Gwyn) design was chosen.
Marienn Collins (Year 13) and Amy Collins (Year 12) have both taken on the role of fundraising seriously
St. Mary's Menston's Year 13 Presentation Evening saw the presentation of the Sponela Magwaza Outstanding Leader Award
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Christmas message from the Mnyakanya community in South Africa to the St. Mary's community
28 St. Mary's students visited the University of Leeds and cemented the partnership between the university and Bambisanani
The Bambisanani Partnership has recently provided twelve hours of training for teachers to be able to use tablets to enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum at Mnyakanya High School.
Today, David Geldart was invited to the South African High Commission in London to help establish a Sport + Education Forum linking the UK and South Africa
Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that will improve our charity's communications
Bambisanani founder David Geldart together with Rob Wadsworth and Andy Lockwood from the University of Leeds meet the South African High Commissioner to the UK, Mr Thembinkosi Obed Mlaba at a Civic Reception in Leeds.
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Certificate of Appreciation presented to St. Mary's Menston on September 29, 2015
Founded nine years ago by David Geldart the Bambisanani Partnership has gained charitable status from the Charities Commission.
St. Mary’s Menston's internationally acclaimed Bambisanani Partnership in South Africa was afforded two sessions at a national Global Learning Conference at Leeds Trinity University in Leeds.
The following unique items have all been donated to raise money to support The Bambisanani Partnership.
We we were recently lucky enough to have 3 visitors from South Africa and 2 from Ghana come and visit us in Leeds.
Read Andy Lockwood's wonderful blog, hear about the visit in our pupils' own words and a gallery of photos.
A concert of The Singing Children of Africa takes place in Bradford on 12 June 2015. This special event will be held at The University of Bradford in the Great Hall, Richmond Building.
Miss Burton's recent Connecting Classrooms visit to South Africa.
Next year will see the release of a Bambisanani Partnership Album, and this creates great opportunities for students of St. Mary’s.