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School trip to India has a long-lasting impact

Pupils from Cardinal Allen took part in an exchange with an Indian school, visiting students at Birla High School, Calcutta.

Pupils from Cardinal Allen took part in an exchange with an Indian school, visiting students at Birla High School, Calcutta.

The first drops of an idea to work with an international school have quickly cascaded into a deluge of learning for Fleetwood schoolchildren.

Pupils at Cardinal Allen Catholic High School continue to learn and benefit from an exchange with a school in Calcutta, India, developed this year.

Students from Birla High School visited the school on Melbourne Avenue in May, and Fleetwood teens visited the Eastern India region last month.

The trip last week won the school The Gazette’s Education Award for Educational Tours and this week sees art pupils exhibit their Indian inspired artwork.

Pupils immersed themselves in Indian culture, attending the school and staying with host families.

They embarked on excursions to a Hindu temple, the Banyan tree known as the largest tree in the world, and Mother House, the home of Mother Teresa.

They attracted the attention of the national press when they were involved in organising a rugby match between the students of Birla School and local street children.

They also took part in other projects included debating the roles women play in each other’s societies, producing protest music by fusing western music with Indian rhythm’s and instruments and creating land art to highlight the environmental issues facing our world.

Teacher Andrew Harding said: “As we left Calcutta it was obvious from the tears of emotion, the trip has had a big impact on all involved.

“Long lasting bonds have developed with all involved gaining a fresh perspective on international issues by studying them through the eyes of another culture.”

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