We were very proud to host two teachers from India as part of our Connecting Classrooms project. Thanks to funding from the British Council, Mrs Shirin Amerjee and Mrs Rinku Paul from Gokhale Memorial Girls School in Kolkata, India, spent a week in our school. This was a first trip to England for both these teachers and they were both very nervous and very excited!
Shirin and Rinku stayed with Mrs Trish Fay International Co ordinator, and her husband, Daniel. Both ladies were delighted to experience and try lots of English and European food. A big favourite was crumpets with lemon curd and poached eggs at breakfast time! Home made chicken and mushroom pie served with home grown vegetables was another new taste!
Both teachers were extremely impressed at the standard of education and teaching here at Bowburn and they absorbed lots of ideas to take back to their school in Kolkata.
Shirin and Rinku led a special assembly where they showed the staff and children a power point of photographs from their school in Kolkata. They also presented our school with a plaque to commemorate their visit here.
School Governors, staff and Mr Brian Stobie, International Officer for Durham County Council shared a buffet lunch in order to get to know our guests. Councillor Jan Blakey kindly presented them with gifts on behalf of Durham County Council and some of our pupils gave them a picture of Durham, a book about Durham and a dvd about Durham to take back to Gokhale School.
While here Shirin and Rinku shared their love of music and dance by teaching each class some traditional Indian dances. All the children took part and really enjoyed their experience.
To round off their stay, Mrs Fay took Shirin and Rinku in to Durham sightseeing. They were astounded at the cobble streets, the old buildings and in awe of our magnificent Cathedral.
Mr and Mrs Fay also took their guests to the seaside! Fish and chips in the sunshine overlooking the sea at South Shields was a real treat.
Following their visit here, Mrs Fay and Miss Bussey will be making a visit to India to see their school, in November.
Tales of their Indian adventure will be posted on their return.View our slideshow of our Visitors from India – October 2014.