Visitors from India for Pilton school

ALTHOUGH a world apart geographically, children from a school on the west coast of India and Pilton Bluecoat Primary in Barnstaple are forging friendships and ever closer links. Now in their second year of Global Partnership twinning, an initiative funded

ALTHOUGH a world apart geographically, children from a school on the west coast of India and Pilton Bluecoat Primary in Barnstaple are forging friendships and ever closer links.

Now in their second year of Global Partnership twinning, an initiative funded by the British Council, four teachers from Lourdes Central School in Mangalore, including principal Grace Noronha, are spending 10 days in Barnstaple.

They are sharing the ways of their school and the culture and wide diversity of their country with the North Devon youngsters.

At the same time, young dance student Stenita Lewis is artist in residence at Pilton, teaching pupils elements of Indian dance.


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The whole school is working this term on a project based on India and Indian culture and including direct links via e-mail with children from Lourdes School.

Towards the end of next month it is planned to hold a special evening at Pilton school to celebrate India, including Indian cooking and presentations by the children of their project work and Indian dance.

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Pilton head teacher Paul Mulligan said: "This is a chance for the children to learn about India from as direct an experience as we can give them, working with our Indian colleagues and an Indian dancer. It is about developing them as global citizens."

This is the second round of exchange visits between the two schools and Pilton teachers will be going again to India next February.

While in North Devon the teachers from Mangalore also took time to visit Chulmleigh Community College, where they are also setting up links, as Lourdes Central is a 1,300-pupil school catering not only for young children, but those up to the age of 18.

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