Loyola's UK connection

Jamshedpur's Loyola School is bringing the world into its classrooms.

Two teachers from Oriel High School, Crawley, Sussex, have made their way to the city for four-days to interact, share and gather information about current trends of education as part of the Connecting Classrooms programme of British Council.

Connecting Classrooms is a British Council managed programme working in over 50 countries that offers school partnerships, professional development courses, accreditation and the chance to share best practice with their international counterparts.

The mentors ' Cabby Luxford and Sunny Gunnesse ' on Wednesday visited Loyola School, which is collaborating with it to work on various projects and arts in school.

The British Council, notably, had accredited Beldih-based Loyola School with the International School Award last year thereby allowing it to select, co-ordinate and work on various projects and arts with one or more schools registered under it.

Though, Loyola has been in touch with Oriel High School for more than five months now, Monday was the first visit by any teacher team from the UK-based cradle.

"The programme (Connecting Classrooms) is like an exchange of packages on arts and other subjects. This is the first school we are visiting us under the programme. We have learnt a number of good things about discipline and teaching practices that are followed here," Luxford, an arts co-ordinator with Oriel High School, told The Telegraph.

Gunnesse added that students of both the schools, under the programme, were also preparing projects on a common topic.

"Right now the students in both the countries are working on the topic Poverty Across the Globe. Once the projects are ready, we will exchange them," Gunnesse said.

Loyola had lined up a host of activities for the two British teachers for their visit that started on February 4. The students had organised an art exhibition showcasing India's culture and festivals, like Durga Puja, made rangolis and put up paintings made by them to impress their guests.

They had also demonstrated a game of kho-kho and organised a quiz that had United Kingdom as its theme. The quiz saw participation of students from Class VII to X.

Both Luxford and Gunnesse have also been holding classes in the last two periods daily since Monday to connect with the students.

"Through this collaboration we want to give our school an international exposure,' said Father Victor Misquith, principal of Loyola said.

He added that a team of mentors from the cradle is scheduled to visit Crawley in the first week of May this year.

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