As part of the Connecting Classrooms exchange programme, run by the British Council, Newquay Tretherras welcomed Mr Bikash Pradhan, a Science teacher from Namchi Senior Secondary school in Sikkim, India, last week.
On his first day at the school, the visitor was given a tour by the Head Boy and Girl, before spending the rest of the week getting involved in a number of student lessons.
In SMSC, Mr Pradhan spoke about his local culture and religions, whilst in DT he cooked traditional pork dumplings named ‘momos’ as well as ‘shyaphaley’, a type of Indian pasty. He also taught lessons on chemical reactions to Science students through a practical demonstration using balloons.
The visit follows on from an exchange trip to the overseas school by one of Tretherras’ Art teachers, Mr Phil Strugnell, who spent time teaching at the Sikkim institution. St Columb Minor Academy and St Columb Major Academy were both also involved in the scheme.
Mr Prahan said, “It’s been a bit of a cultural shock as the technology is more advanced and the range of curriculum subjects is so much more extensive. In India we don’t have cooking, music or art departments but since Phil’s visit we’ve tried to change this by holding an Art class every Saturday in our new art room.”
He continued, “This has been my first time out of India and overall I’ve had such a fantastic experience thanks to the staff and students at Tretherras. The children have been really receptive of my teaching and everyone has been so welcoming.”