Jamshedpur: St. Philip Evans Primary School from Cardiff, Wales has tied up with Loyola School, Jamshedpur, and sent a team of its teachers on a visit to the city to learn about the teaching methods, culture and work on common international projects.
Three teachers from the St. Philip Evans Primary School, Catherine Power, James Griffiths and Laura Brown are on a five day visit to the Loyola School as a part of the Connecting Classrooms exchange programme of the British Council.
Loyola School already has a tie-up with Oriel High School in London under the same programme. It is in the second phase of the application process for International School Award, an accreditation by British Council.
It has been awarded ISA for the year 2012-15. “The positive side of an international exchange is learning new systems of teaching and ideas. I guess teachers here are well travelled and they adopt ideas to implement them in schools.
We are busy within our school and hardly get a scope to see what others do. Exchange programmes and collaborations like this teach us a lot,” said Catherine who is the head teacher at the St. Philip Evans Primary School.
Two teachers from Loyola School had gone to Cardiff in June this year. The schools intend to make the programme also beneficial for students as they plan to interact on Skype.
The students had put up an exhibition on various topics like healthy eating, best out of waste, rangoli, cooking without fire and festivals which was appreciated by the teachers from Wales.
“Recycling is one similar project which we want to take up with Loyola. This would include field work in areas around the school. It will be about cleanliness and environment. This is something very important because environment is a global issue and if children can make a small difference that will be the best thing,” said James, who is a class teacher.
“There is always a scope to learn. The collaboration will provide a greater understanding of education for both the schools. The visit is not only limited to Loyola School but we are also taking the guests to School of Hope and SJoseph’s School, Bhilaipahari during their stay here.
So that they get a better idea of what education is like in Jamshedpursaid Father Sebastian Puthenpura, principal, Loyola School.