Day Three - Bawa Lalvani and out and about

Well, the plans changed slightly for today so I hope to be doing my story telling with the infants tomorrow now! Still, I have done lots again today and have been kept very busy dividing the day between school and some local visits.

When I arrived today, some children had arranged another special welcome. They performed two dances outside on the grass. One was a traditional dance performed by a group of girls in beautiful costumes and the second was a bhangra dance (accompanied by a student on the dohl drum which was fabulous!) which was great. I desperately wanted to get up and join in but I had to be satisfied with jigging around excitedly in my seat to the drum beat.

When they had finished performing, I had the chance to go and try a couple of moves with them while the drum was played. I absolutely LOVE bhangra music and the dance gthat the children had learnt was incredible and very cleverly choreographed.

Next, I spent some time with the Eco Champs, student council and some other school representatives and talked about their roles in school, about how our eco-team and pupil council contribute to life at Whitehouse Common, I shared the work that you had created about our eco gteam and then spent a lot of time answering questions about school life in England. The children were great to talk to. They were polite and very keen to find out a lot of information.

After this I visited some sights in the local area, accompanied by the head boy and girl of BLPS. We went to the local military school which used to be the palace of the Maharaja of Kaputhala and then visited three different places of worship.

In the afternoon, I went to a grade 10 lesson and helped to lead the lesson quizzing the children on their general knowledge! I also visited some grade 3 students who had dressed up as ;part of their work on Indian Heritage and I talked to them about their costumes and the different aspects of Indian life which they represented. The children answered my questions well and shared all about their learning.

This evening I went shopping (always a good activity to enjoy!) and found the experience of shopping for clothes absolutely mind blowing. We spent atleast two hours in some authentic clothes shops, sitting on the floor whilst the staff laid different suits, saris and dresses out in front of us. I enjoyed it so much, I hope to go back again before I come home!

Tomorrow I will be in school all day and I am looking forward to spending much more time with all the children.

Until my next blog..... best wishes to all and take a look at the new snaps I have added! Smile

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