Our visit in 2014
In October 2014, Mrs Jones, Mrs H Jenkins and myself, Miss Reeve had the pleasure of taking part in our connecting classrooms project with Mahanaga College in Sri Lanka. Due to the project now being in its 8th year of exchanges we now know alot of the teachers in Sri Lanka. Kumu (our host) is the Depty Head of the school and looked after us so well. It was also lovely seeing such familiar faces such as Priya, Namdica and Liyanage who visited us earlier in the year.
The school starts every morning at 7.30am so it was a quick cup of tea then off to school to see the Monk leading the morning prayers however we couldn't help but be distracted bby the monkeys playing round in the trees above our heads. Amazing! During the school hours we took a number of classes as we are currently working on new projects.
- Behaviour management through engaged activities such as maths boardgames.
- Sustainable living
- Identity and belonging
During these lessons we made friendship bracelets to exchange with children at Locking Primary School, sang a sustainable world song, sewed sock puppets which became characters for a sustainable living story, introduced a number of different board games and talked to the children about what is current with the children at Locking Primary School today. We took over a time capsule that all classes contributed to at Locking which will be burried at Mahanaga College. Hopefully in June, our Sri Lankan visitors will bring their's over ready for us to burry so that we can compare our current lifestyle in years to come.
The people that we met along the way were extremely welcoming and generous. We got to experience a number of amazing things such as; feeding and riding an elephant, going to the tea plantations, visiting the Buddhist Temples and Ancient City, going to a pottery factory and sweet factory.
Our projects are now becoming a lot more compex and we are really getting to understand more about eachothers cultures and countries and we are looking forward to the connection maintaining.