|Speakers from South Asia address a Davenant International meeting
Davenant International was set up the in summer of 2005 as a result of the students wanting to know more about global
issues and wanting to make a difference. It started as a project of the RE Department at the school however it
is now a whole school initiative.
Students from Davenant International have been exploring the global dimension to the curriculum - through eight concepts:
Values and Perceptions
They have examined issues like the tsunami disaster of 2004, aids, poverty and the chernobyl disaster.
|Amateur camcorder pictures of the tsunami hitting Sri Lanka
|Davenant International meeting on the Children of Chernobyl
As a result of the Davenant International meeting a group of parents got together to host some children from Chernobyl.
Students of Davenant International also met with the Governor of the tsunami-hit Southern Province of Sri Lanka Mr.Kingsley
Wickramaratne. The Governor is a Special Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka. The meeting was hosted by the Deputy High
Commissioner at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London. Dominic Conway, Adam Redpath, Sam Johnson, Jean Paul Sikking, Michelle
Farrow, Rachael Lee, Mandi Prinsloo met the Governor and asked him questions about the tsunami which devastated parts of Sri
Lanka on 26th December 2004. Students of Davenant Foundation School raised a substantial amount of money in aid of the tsunami
fund organised by the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) in 2005. The Sri Lankan Governor thanked the school for their fundraising
efforts and he gave them an uptodate report on the towns and villages being re-built after the tsunami.
|Sri Lankan Governor Kingsley Wickramaratne with the Davenant International Delegation in London
The Group organised the first ever 'Davenant International Charity Rock Concert held on Friday 21st October 2005 in
the main hall at the school in Loughton. They raised £800 in aid of Christian Aid, Worldvision, CAFOD and Jewish Care. Five
school rock groups participated in this successful fundraiser at Davenant Foundation School.
|Charity Rock Concert
|Five school rock groups participated in the concert
News soon reached the House of Commons about the work of Davenant International. Leading parliamentarian Eleanor Laing
MP extended an invitation to the group to visit the House of Commons. They discussed international issues with Mrs Laing.
It was an exciting visit they saw Ministers of Her Majesty's Government and Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs
came over to greet the Davenant delegation. The students were also escorted on a visit to the House of Commons and the House
|Eleanor Laing MP with the Davenant International Delegation in the Palace of Westminster
Davenant International welcomed a stream of international visitors who flew in to address the student form in 2005-2006.
Clergy from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh flew in to address a DI meeting on Christian Perspectives on Global Issues.
The former Bishop of Northern Uganda, Rt.Rev.Gideon Oboma spoke about Uganda - he recounted his moving story of persecution
and his message of forgiveness.
Students from Umlazi School in Durban visited Davenant Foundation School and addressed a DI meeting on school life in
South Africa .
The renowned speaker Rev.Paul Harcourt addressed a DI meeting on The Da Vinci Code - Fact or Fiction?
Various international charities have visited the school. Speakers from CAFOD also visited the school to talk about the
shortage of water around the world and the work of this charity.
DI students were invited to a Christian Aid exhibition in London.
DAVENANT INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR 2005 - 2006
President: Dominic Conway
Vice-Presidents: Adam Redpath
Secretaries: Nicola Church
Social Secretary: Mandi Prinsloo
Treasurer: Kathryn Greagsby
Assistant Treasurer: Rachael Lee
Jean Paul Sikking