India - Day Five : My last full day at school

So, today was my last full day at school and what afabulous day it was!

I was once again welcomed to the school with a great dance (this time a modern street dance which was excellently choreographed!) and a song by the school choir. I feel such a part of Bawa Lalvani school already and it is really heart warming that the staff and children want to share their talents with me each day. I really enjoy watching them perform.

After this I visited some classes to observe lessons and talk to the children. I saw an art lesson and a maths lesson and it was interesting to watch the teachers and children at work.

I spoke to different children to answre their questions about England and our school and was even asked to sing the national anthem as the children were interested in the words and tune. I hope I did it justice!!!

Later in the morning I was invited, by special invitation, to an assembly by the infant children. This was superb and I watched every infant class perform, sharing songs, dances and poems with me. All the children from age 3 to 6 took part and each one performed their act beautifully.

I followed the assembly by spending time with each year group in the infants to share stories and songs and we had lots of fun together. I also introduced them to Shay (4JH's class mascot) and they were excited to meet him and shake his hand.

I went to observe another lesson in a junior class, this time it was grammar and again it was interesting to watch how the teaching and learning takes place in the school.

Finally, to round off the school day we used SKYPE to allow some Year 4 children to talk to some Grade 4 children and this was very exciting. The children from BLPS were thrilled to get the chance to see and speak directly with children from WHCPS and, as soon as the SKYPE was over they were asking when we would be able to do this again. It was fun to share questions and answers and to talk to each other from such a distance apart.

After school, I went for a quick power nap before heading out to do just a little more shopping. I am a bit worried that my case will be far too heavy to carry tomorrow! Still, my evening was great fun and I had wonderful conversations and a lot of laughs with the two teachers who accompanied me.

I still have some more time in school tomorrow before I have to head to Amritsar for the start of my long journey back home but I think the visit tomorrow will be tough. I have loved every second of my visit and built strong bonds with the staff and children here who are all wonderful.

I will be sorry to say goodbye to them and I suspect it will be quite emotional but I also look forward to sharing all my experiences with the children and staff at WHCPS when I return and am excited to see you all again, especially my class who I have missed lots while I have been away.

I will try to blog tomorrow when I am en route home but I look forward to seeing you soon...

Miss Harper Smile

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