Teachers jet to India to visit twin school

Two teachers from Ocklynge Junior School, Jenny Rolf and John Piercy, visited their link school in Chennai, India during half term week.
Two teachers from Ocklynge Junior School, Jenny Rolf and John Piercy, visited their link school in Chennai, India during half term week.
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Two teachers from Eastbourne spent their half term break sitting in on lessons in India.

Jenny Rolf and John Piercy, who both work at Ocklynge Junior School, jetted over to Chennai earlier this month as part of an international exchange programme the school has signed up to.

Under the scheme staff from the Victoria Drive school team up with their counterparts at the school’s link in India so pupils can learn more about day to day life in other cultures.

Ms Rolf and Mr Piercy joined in lessons at the Sri Sankara school, finding out about the language, history and culture of the Chennai area and were also treated to tours of a host of ancient temples and heritage sites.

The busy teachers even found time to Skype directly with Ocklynge School pupils and some of the Indian school children took part too.

The trip was only marred slightly by the arrival of Cyclone Nilam the day before the return journey. Despite torrential rain and high speed winds, the teachers arrived back on time for the new term.

Upon her arrival back in England, Ms Rolf said, “We learnt so much about general life in India, it really is an amazing country. I now feel much better equipped to teach the children in my class all about India and Hinduism from my first hand experiences.

“It was the trip of a lifetime.”

In May next year two teachers from the Chennai school will visit Ocklynge.