MORE than 1,000 old school uniforms have been shipped out to impoverished children in Africa.
Teachers at The St Leonards Academy decided to donate the Filsham Valley outfits to several schools in Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe, rather than let the clothes go to waste.
The school in Edinburgh Road, St Leonards, together with The Grove, closed to become the new academy recently.
Melinda Spearman, humanities teacher at The St Leonards Academy, said: “Filsham Valley had a very close link with Huntingdon Junior and Senior Secondary School in Sierra Leone, which is going to continue with the new academy, so we were delighted to be able to send out the uniform.
“It is going to be used by the local community during special events and at Huntingdon Junior and Secondary School, during their sports-heats. They are so excited about the new uniforms, even the teachers have been trying them on.
“Being linked to Huntingdon Junior and Secondary School has really helped make learners at our school aware of their global community and feel proud of the relationship they have developed.
“It is great to know that communities in other parts of Africa are also benefiting from the development of Hastings schools.”
In the same shipping container to Sierra Leone, boxes of books and other resources, donated by primary schools, were sent out.
Albert Mativenga, maths teacher at The St Leonards Academy, also organised for unused uniform and books to be sent to Chisungo Secondary School in Zimbabwe.
He said: “The school is going to use the clothes as sports wear. They are so excited about looking like a smart winning team.
“The different colour logos will finally give pupils the chance to display what team they are in.
“There are also 500 jumpers going to be shared out between three villages in the Midlands Provence in Zimbabwe.”