Sculpture keeps flame burning at link schools
Two teachers from St John's First School in Frome have returned from an exchange visit to Hope Foundation School in Bhuj, India.
This is the third exchange visit since a link was established in 2011 and a British Council grant will ensure that further exchanges can happen in the coming three years.
Marcus Bowman and Emma Pearce spent a week in Gujarat province, strengthening the links between the two schools. They took a recording of an act of worship at St John's to share with the school and the children in Bhuj quickly learnt one of the St John's hymns not just in English but then also in Hindi. When Chris and Pearly Noel, the director and head teacher, return to Frome in May they will be teaching the Hindi version to the Frome children.
One of the most moving parts of the visit was when the Frome teachers presented Hope School with a replica of "flame", a sculpture by Anthony Rogers, which stands in the St John's school garden as a permanent reminder of the partnership. The new sculpture now stands at the entrance to Hope School.
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Marcus and Emma were struck by how highly motivated the children were at the school, with a passion for learning and success. The teachers were friendly, welcoming and not afraid to ask advice in order to improve their teaching. Conversely the St John's teachers have left India with ideas of how they can further enrich their own children's experience in Frome through this vibrant and active link.
Head teacher Alan Burgess said: "So often ventures such as these are one off events. We are very proud that this link is becoming well embedded and is going to be sustainable over time for the benefit of our whole school community."