Our final day in India has been another busy one. We were collected early from our hotel in the school minibus by one of the teachers. Almost whole school, Grades 5 to 10, were awaiting our arrival on the school field ready for a special assembly. The assembly formed part of their Baisakhi celebrations. There was lots of singing and dancing. The children even got us to join them on the stage for a Bhangra dance. Baisakhi is a festival celebrated across Northern India, especially in the Punjab region by the Sikh community. It is a time when crops are harvested and are gathered in and the farmers exult in the fulfillment of their year's hard work. There was lots of music and celebration!
We moved on to another assembly from the Kindergarten class. Different classes each performed songs with actions. The children looked so tiny but they performed in English confidently and had obviously spent a long time rehearshing. After the assembly we each read the children a story on the floor of the classroom. They listened really well and enjoyed hearing the stories.
Next we visited different classes in Grades 2 and 3. We observed different teachers and talked to different children about their work. We saw some classes use Interactive Whiteboards and looked through the different text books that the children follow and work in during their lessons. We also taught the children the song 'Head, shoulders, knees and toes'. They all enjoyed singing and especially loved joining in with the actions.
After some lunch at the school one of the teachers, Ms Devika Bhalla, invited us to visit her home. She made us some traditional Indian snacks and chatted to us about our visit. She made us feel very welcome and it was lovely to have the oppurtunity to visit her home and meet her family.
From Ms Bhalla's house, we made our way to another teacher's house, Ms Kainth, for dinner. Again she made us feel ver welsome and had prepared a delicious traditional Punjabi meal for us. We also had some time to discuss the differences in English and Indian culture and how we all feel that education is so very important.
We are now back at the hotel for one last night. We have to pack up our cases before bed as we begin our journey home in the morning with a 5:30am pick up to get to the airport in Amritsar for our flight to Delhi. So it's goodnight from India for the last time. We both have many memories, photos and videos that we can't wait to share with you all on our return!