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Southroyd Primary School

"Our vision is that our children leave Southroyd Primary School as Active Citizens- they have the skills, knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm they need to succeed and are ready for LIFE"

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Tuesday 14th February

Posted: Feb 14, 2017 by: dmanton on: India Blog 2017

What a day - and its only lunch time! We began the day with a welcome assembly from the upper school, with children sharing the news, dancing and also performing a play based on Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man. Soon after we were invited to play kho-kho on the newly acquired back yard. As the sun rose, and the temperature warmed up, we all enjoyed the local game - even poor Mrs Tomlinson, who ran into the wall at one point! (don't worry, she was fine!)

Afterwards we were able to deliver some more of our lessons. Mrs Smith working with a variety of Y4, 5 and 6 to talk about maths and negative numbers.

Miss Tomlinson enjoying working on the terrace to use drama and discussion to explore themes from Aesop's Fables.

And Mr Manton, working to share the ideals of the Global Goals - and try and order them as a priority, in a diamond model.

After a restful afternoon we enjoyed a game of street cricket. Soon there were over 10 local boys who joined us. Despite an intrusion by a full herd of goats, a handful of scooters, four cows, a milk-salesman and two stray dogs, we managed to play a number of overs in the receding heat! Cricket really is the top game of India!

Once we'd cooled down a bit, the group were fitted with some traditional outfits for Garba night! Chaitali came along to the house to assist our three sari ladies below! Don't they look the part!

At the school hall, we were met by over 80 guests and soon invited to try out our Garba skills - old and new! Despite being either completely new to it, or a little rusty - we tried our best and had a great evening joining our friends at Bachpan for a Garba. The dance involves following a series of dance routines in a circular way around the room - LOTS of times! And boy, was it hot!!

Before the event began, children and guests were invited to give "puja" to the gods, to give the blessing of the gods and thanks for the event. Don't the children look amazing in their traditional dress?

Chintan teacher below is coming to Southroyd in May! He's very excited about meeting everyone - and enjoyed the challenge of helping Mr Manton keep in time!

Extremely hot and quite tired, we returned to Sanjay and Meena's house for a cup of Indian tea and some toasties! A great end to a busy day .... and we're not going to hear the wedding that's started up on the street! No noise will keep us awake tonight!


dmanton Feb 15, 2017

Good question Jake - although everyone knows about it, it is much less of an event in India - although Meena says that it is starting to become more important as trends arrive from the west! We did eat some vegetable pakoras that were shaped as hearts just for us!! I imagine in 10 years there may be a lot more as Surendranagar becomes more multi-cultural and global.

Jake H Year 5 Feb 14, 2017

Do people of India celebrate Valentines Day like we do?