Huxlow Sixth Form students at the Jinja International Youth Conference in Uganda

Three of Huxlow Science College’s outstanding Sixth Form students took part in the Jinja International Youth Meeting (JIYM) in Uganda during October half-term, to debate six key world issues with their peers; 6 other English students (from The Ferrers School, Northamptonshire and Kineton High School, Warwickshire) and 12 from schools across Uganda.

Kim Isaksen, Deputy Head at Huxlow said “This trip is a fantastic opportunity for Huxlow students to build international links. The girls were excellent ambassadors for the College and will share their experiences through assemblies at Huxlow and bead-making workshops with Irthlingborough Infant School.”

They were based at the Discovery Centre, a purpose-built education centre set in 23 acres including extensive sports facilities, a library, a new music and media centre and a farm. “We had an amazing week at the Discovery Centre. It’s a beautiful place which really lives up to its name; all of the students discovered a lot about the world around them, themselves and each other during our time there” said Mrs J Bonas, the trip leader.

The trip also included visits to the source of the Nile, the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Lake Victoria and ‘Joy Primary School’. Of the students at Joy Primary, Beth (Year 13) said “a group of the happiest people I have ever met. For people who have so little, they are full of smiles and wanted nothing more than to show off their hard work and play games with us. It really puts things into perspective and it’s extremely difficult to put into words the effect this experience has had on all of us who were lucky enough to visit this amazing country. I can say with confidence that it was the best week of my life.”