THE Beath High connection with Malawi has produced so many good moments over recent years and another came last month.

Alice Fox writes: "His Excellency, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, visited Edinburgh on April 25 at an event organised in Edinburgh City Chambers by the Scotland-Malawi Partnership.

"150 lucky guests were also invited and this included representatives from Beath’s registered charity, the Beath-Malawi Partnership. Rector Mr Douglas Young and Mrs Barker-Harrison accompanied Michael King, Niamh Scott (S6), Alice Fox, Heather Johnston and Taylor Stuart (S5) to the event that celebrated the strong civic-society links between Scotland and Malawi, a friendship and shared history that stretches back to the times of Dr David Livingstone and his companions in1859.

"Prof Mutharika spoke of the progress being made in Malawi and extended a warm invitation 'if you are not part of our story, be part of our story!'

"The Beath-Malawi Partnership (a staff and pupil group open to everyone at the school) has been ‘part of the story’ for several years now having developed close ties with two primary schools in the south of the country – Mapanga and Njale.

"These links are strengthened by visits and in October this year, Alice, Heather and Taylor will be heading out to Malawi, following in the footsteps of Michael and Niamh who were, two years ago, part of the first group of pupils to visit.

"Beath is certainly doing its bit to 'keep the fire of our friendship burning' as requested by Prof Mutharika."