PUPILS at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School have managed to form a special relationship with a school in Sir Lanka.
Over the past year, pupils and staff from the school have worked alongside colleagues and peers at The Hollins Technology College, in Accrington, and St Augustine’s RC High School on a Global Schools Partnership project run by the British Council.
Each school was partnered with a high school in the Sri Lankan hill country town of Badulla and the schools’ successful application for reciprocal grant funding, co-ordinated by the grammar school, ensured that plenty of activities have taken place in all six involved schools.
In the Ribble Valley these have included workshops involving students from all three schools working alongside guests from the local community on projects investigating British and Sri Lankan culture and identity.
Last year, the grammar school’s International Co-ordinator, Ralph Bostock, visited Badulla with Hayley Nunley and Kay Jameson, from Hollins College and St Augustine’s High. They spent the week teaching in their partner schools as well as visiting Kandy and an elephant orphanage.
November saw the Sri Lankan teachers visit their partner Ribble Valley schools. Clitheroe Grammar hosted Mrs Malinie Vithana Arachchi, the Deputy Principal of Viharamahadevi Girls College, who spent the week working alongside students and teachers, greatly benefitting geography students as well as introducing many more to Sri Lankan language and culture.
She also sampled the local cuisine before returning the favour with a cookery demonstration, helped out by two colleagues who were visiting other local schools.