Bangladesh Blog Day 2

Today was Bangladesh Independence Day which we celebrated by joining local community leaders in celebrating the raising of the flag outside Rochdale Town Hall. We were joined by six pupils and their teachers from Heybrook Primary School alongside many members from the local community. It was a great site to see so many people share pride in their heritage and to hear many of the local dignitaries share their stories. Headteacher Mr Hussain Shah and Senior teacher Mr Imran Ali from Hazi Rashid High School in Sylhet, Bangladesh also gave a speech and were welcomed into the Rochdale community.

We were then invited to a tour of the Mayoral Offices by the mayor himself- Councillor Mohammed Zaman. It was an honour for both our Visitors and our pupils to share such an opportunity – some even had the chance to sit at his desk!  Next we were taken for a guided tour of the council chambers where the pupils were given the opportunity to ask the Mayor questions and to see what it would be like to sit in a council meeting. Our Ambassadors have been helping with translations explaining what was being said and answering questions that the visitors had.

In the afternoon as we returned to school we visited some lessons again. Today we visited Mr Jundi’s Year11 Computer Science class where the pupils enthusiastically demonstrated their computing skills and answered questions from our guests. We next went to Mrs Uddin’s Year 8 English class where we were treated to a lesson where the pupils were developing their questioning skills whilst Mrs Uddin was acting as the character of ‘Link’ from the book Stone Cold. The visitors were impressed at how creative the lessons we teach are and how the pupils enjoy their learning. Our Connecting Classroom Ambassadors again assisted in the translation of visitor question and also explained what they do in class.

Another busy and enjoyable day as part of the Connecting Classrooms programme and we are looking forward to the rest of the week.

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