Bangladesh Blog Day 3
Another busy day for our visitors today. We started the day off with Year 8 assembly where the pupils sat enthralled by the stories of our ex-pupils and their experiences after Falinge Park. It was a pleasure to see how their lives had changed and the variety of stages of their careers from studying A-levels at Hopwood Hall College, studying a degree at Manchester University, working as a Dentist and teaching at Hopwood Hall College.The visitors were very impressed to see how successful our pupils are and found each of their stories enjoyable and sparked lots of questions.
We then moved on to watch a Year 9 Drama lesson with Mr De Courcey. The pupils were preparing & delivering pieces in small groups and the visiting teachers explained that they were so impressed by the creativity of the lesson and that the pupils were allowed the freedom to express themselves. It was a very enjoyable lesson to watch and the teachers were enthusiastic about what they had seen.
A trip to Heybrook Primary School was next on the list where we visited both of the sites. Our Ambassadors were particularly excited to see some of their former teachers and to explain to the visiting teachers their experiences at primary school. Whilst walking around the nursery it was interesting to see all of the different types of influences the children are given to experience. It is very different to early years schooling in Bangladesh and the teachers we interested in the creativity involved.
We then moved onto the main school where we were again treated to exemplary behaviour of the pupils who also demonstrated a way to ensure pupils attentions are on an adult when they needed to by raising both arms to get pupils attention without using loud voices. Both Imran & Hussain used this to great effect and this is a technique which Ms Frankish & Mrs Wystawnoha are planning to steal to use with their classes too!!
We ended the day in Ms Monroe’s year 9 Maths class where the pupils excellently demonstrated their mathematical knowledge . They were working in groups which Imran & Hussain were interested to observe and see how the pupils learn in this way.
After school Ms Frankish, Mrs Wystawnoha & Mr Ahmed showed our guests to the scenery around Greenbooth Reservoir to show the dramatic scenery of our area. It was lovely to see how quickly the scenery changes and also the temperature , we all found it a little cold and windy up there – not like the heat we enjoyed last year in Bangladesh.
In the evening were treated to a fantastic musical performance ‘Awakening’ which was planned and performed by Year 10 Music BTEC group. It was amazing to see the variety of instruments that they played. The visitors were also impressed how this was organised by pupils and Mr Lancaster as it was so different and everyone behaved professionally. They commented on how well the pupils had worked together and gave an outstanding performance. During the interval the visitors were introduced to the taste sensation that is a ‘cream egg’, this was new for them and they thoroughly enjoyed it – thanks to Miss Clark. The Music show was a fabulous way to end to another great day at FPHS.