Saint Martin’s has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with our partner school in Nepal since 2007. On Wednesday 15 May we were delighted to host the Principal of Annal Jyoti school, Niroj Maharjan. Our partnership has been the cornerstone of Saint Martin’s four successful bids for International School Award and the visit laid the foundations for future projects in preparation of our bid for 2020. If successful, we would be one of a handful of schools nationwide to be successfully accredited five times.
Projects were planned across departments, year groups and sections of the school. Girls can look forward to collaboration on projects relating to food and nutrition, places of worship, communities, development, poetry and citizenship. His visit brought with it a project about inspirational women, an exchange that has taken place throughout the year, started by Saint Martin’s Sixth Form girls who went out to Kathmandu before starting university. Our partnership really does offer enrichment and opportunity!
As well as meeting Mrs Smillie and other members of Saint Martin’s staff, Niroj enjoyed seeing Alice House preparing their assembly, singing in the music lesson and showing their love of learning. He is keen to take home some of the ideas about teaching and learning to his own school. He was also welcomed into Junior School classes to talk about life in Nepal.
The partnership has been mutually beneficial. Niroj is guest speaker at a conference about the international dimension in schools and has also been successful in gaining International School Award. In 2015, Saint Martin’s raised thousands of pounds to support earthquake relief in Kathmandu, knowing that the money would all go direct to where it was needed. We have undertaken reciprocal visits and even a fully funded Global Curriculum Project with an exchange of pupils. If you are thinking of a gap year or some international work experience, you should consider Annal Jyoti School. You will be treated to the experience of a lifetime!