It seems hard to believe that I have only been in Malawi for two weeks – we have crammed in so many activities and it already feels like home! Our induction programme at Sir Harry’s included visits to Liwonde National Park, Chichere Museum in Blantyre, the botanical gardens in Zomba and a wide variety of exciting eating establishments. We are continuing the eating theme with dinners to meet board members, staff and parents and Braiis, one of which set light to the grass around the school’s swimming pool.
One of the best experiences was the safari at Liwonde where we saw lots of elephants (ones who had cleverly escaped Prince Harry’s rehoming mission), hippos, a Fish-Eagle, Kingfishers and crocodiles from a boat on the Shire river. Also, on the land Safari, we saw Kudu, Waterbuck, babboons, vervet monkeys, warthogs and lots more elephants. A highlight of the trip was getting out in the rhino/lion enclosure so the driver could change a flat tyre. All was very calm until a large family of elephants approached us heading toward the watering hole – the driver seemed very keen that we got back into the vehicle for some reason!
This week the children started back at school and it has been fantastic to get to know Malumbe class. There are 15 children at the moment and it has been a really positive start to the year. The ‘meet the teacher’ evening also went well and I am enjoying getting to know my fantastic new colleagues. It is really fun exploring lots of creative ways of learning and being free of the dreaded SATS!
I have also enjoyed catching up with Limbani and meeting his wife Tibeye and children. Amazingly, they only live a five minute walk from the school. Tibeye took me to the Chichewa service at St George’s church last Sunday which was really great. The singing is amazing and I’m sure I will start to pick the language up again soon.
My spare room is ready with double bed and mosquito net and there are wonderful five star hotels on Zomba plateau for any former colleagues who are fussy about such matters. Let me know if you fancy a visit – it is a wonderful, very friendly place to be and I don’t think I will ever get used to the amazing wildlife right on my doorstep.