Wow, what a first day we have had! We have been really busy but have had a great time.
After a very long journey to get here, a couple of flight delays and a lot of sleeping (and eating!) on planes, we finally arrived in India. It is very hot here but the sunshine is a welcome change from the snow back in England!
We travelled 3 hours by minibus (on the infamous roads of India) from Amritsar to our hotel in Jalandhar and got straight to bed for a good sleep in preparation for today.
We were met this morning at 9am and taken to Bawa Lalvani where we were greeted by a welcome committee of staff and children which was fabulous. On our way into the school, we visited the school Gurudwara where a group of children sang a prayer for us which was very special and quite emotional.
Another group of students performed a dance for us to Gangnam Style (and then asked us to join in!) and we were then taught how to tie a sari and each of us was dressed in one for part of the morning.
We met a number of pupils at the school today and spent some time in their lessons. Most of our time was spent with Grade 5 pupils in Maths and General Knowledge lessons and it was interesting to observe and discuss teaching methods and talk to the children.
After lunch, we went into the town and did some shopping with some of the teachers. We also had Mendhi patterns put onto our hands which look very beautiful!
We had dinner in a very nice restaurant and ate some local dishes...they were delicious!
We are ready for bed again now as we have another busy day ahead tomorrow.
Our cameras and video cameras have been working over time and we have a lot of pictures and film which we would like to share but, at the moment, the website will still not allow us to upload anything. If we can get some pictures on here before we come home then we will be sure to do so otherwise it will be something for you all to look forward to once we are back in school ...
Bye for now, more news to follow tomorrow :-)
Miss Harper and Miss Breeze