A passage from India

Garlands and greetings were the order of the day when young learners from The Grange School said a special hello to visitors all the way from India.

A delegation of 21 headteachers from across India popped into the Runcorn school as part of a countrywide tour.

The UK visit was organised by the British Council and supported locally by the Wade Deacon Trust.

Primary school learners gave the delegation a warm welcome and presented them with flowers and cards. The touring teachers spent time in the classrooms observing how lessons are taught and joining in with the activities.

In return, the children were given a special lesson in how to perform the traditional Indian greeting ‘namaste’.

The visit was a chance for teachers from The Grange to swap ideas with their Indian counterparts. The group discussed teaching methods over lunch before exchanging gifts. The Grange was also presented with a special plaque for hosting the visit.

The Indian teachers were airport-bound straight after the visit for the 8,000 mile homeward journey. But as they left they all agreed that they had ‘been treated like celebrities’.

Michele Bacon, lead principal with the Wade Deacon Trust, said: “It was a delight to see all our learners in conversation with our visitors; they spoke with great pride about their school.

“As our guests were leaving they commented on how out of all schools visited, The Grange School had provided the warmest welcome and the learners were polite, happy and very proud of their school.

“We hope as a school to build upon the links made and provide the opportunity for learners to establish international links with schools in India”.

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