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India comes to Stowmarket for cultural day

Students from a high school in Stowmarket took a break from their usual curriculum to learn all about Indian culture.

Pupils from Stowmarket High School, in Onehouse Road, got involved in Bollywood dancing, henna art and textiles.

Katy Farrow, assistant headteacher for curriculum, said: “We wanted to be able to give students experience of different cultures.

Bollywood Dancing. PICTURE: Mecha Morton.
Bollywood Dancing. PICTURE: Mecha Morton.

“We wanted to allow them to experience a different culture, and how they can use culture in their future.”

Pupils from Years 8 and 9 were off timetable for three lessons, with a chance to dress in Indian saris and choli tops.

Sharon Peck, a pupil at the school, said: “I enjoyed the language session the most.

“It was a unique opportunity, I wish the day had been longer.”

The day worked on a carousel system, where some students, led by Tina Vallance, of Jayadance, got involved with Bollywood dancing.

Others learnt henna art and block painting textiles.

Shaciara Samiento-Hutchinson, another student, said: “I wish the day had been longer because I learnt a lot about the Indian culture and I want to learn more, my favourite bit was the Bollywood dancing.”

Pupils also learned all about Hindu symbols and the Indian alphabet from a Cambridge PhD student, who visited the school.

As well as cultural learning in the school, 120 of the students visited a Hindu temple in London.

Mrs Farrow said: “I think they found that inspiring, some were amazed by how the marble had been covered.”

Students watched a service take place while they visited the temple.

The school is also organising a Japanese culture day in the spring term.

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