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School builds on links with Nepal 26 February 2008

Scoill Phurt le Moirrey will be widening the horizons of pupils by undertaking a week themed around Nepal.

The normal timetable will be suspended next week while the pupils learn about many different aspects of life in Nepal, including Nepali stories and folk tales, religion, dances, environment, craft and much more.

The school is aiming to encourage pupils to have fun while thinking about their own lives and experiences and develop an accurate understanding of people’s lives in Nepal.

Headteacher Geoff Moorcroft said:

'We are hoping to provide the children with opportunities to think about the lives of other people while taking part in interesting, hands-on activities. There is much that pupils from both communities can learn from each other, in particular a sense of responsibility and community cohesion.’

For part of the week, the school will be divided into seven groups, each including pupils from all age ranges, so that younger pupils can learn alongside older ones and all pupils will benefit from the opportunity to develop the social skills required to work with others. Input will reflect visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning styles and will include activities like dance, role play and creative activities.

The school has also sought to involve the community by inviting visiting speakers to give talks about their experiences. Rushen MHK Juan Watterson will be going into school to talk about his visit to Pokhara, West Nepal. Two local teachers will report back after their recent trip to Syangja.

Major Dhan Chand of the QGE, Maidstone, will talk about his memories of growing up in Gumlek, west Nepal and his life as a soldier. Mike Quayle, who has climbed in Nepal, will talk about his experiences.

The school has, for the last year or so been trying to develop its link with Syangja School in Synagja, western Nepal. The school has only recently been opened, funded by Pahar Trust – a charitable organisation that helps support the building of much-needed schools in Nepal – and it now flies the emblem of Scoill Phurt le Moirrey outside its main building. Correspondence and gifts have been exchanged between pupils from the two schools and the pupils in Port St Mary have been avidly watching the construction of the new building via photographs.

Mr Moorcroft said:

‘We are indebted to Howard Green, from the Pahar Trust, for his help and support in developing this project and for the loan of many Nepali artefacts.’

Photographs from the week will be updated daily on the school’s website so that parents can keep up-to-date with events.

The week will culminate in a whole-school assembly, during which different groups will share what they have learnt with each other.

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