Each year SAI International school plans an extensive Global Immersion Programme to Visit our partner Schools in UK. During this fun filled trip students not only have an opportunity to expand their global knowledge and exposure but also build their leadership and team work skills as they travel to a foreign country with a group of their peers. Till date SAI International School has sent an average of 10 – 15 students and teachers to the UK each year and in reciprocation we host them at SAI in March and November usually.
Report Day 1 – June 9, 2019 by
The GIP UK trip started on the 8th of June 2019. We flew from Bhubaneswar and landed in Kolkata. After that we checked in the International Terminal. The immigration process was a learning for our children. They were familiarized with the kinds of questions and procedures.
Then we enjoyed a lovely flight by the Emirates to Dubai. There we reached around midnight. We had to check in For the connecting flight to London Heathrow. After a really long flight we landed in Heathrow around 7.30 in the morning. The emigration took a while with the long rush in Heathrow airport. After a quick breakfast in M&S we drove down to our Travelodge hotel. We then visited the Gloucester Cathedral. It was a 6th century monastery that got converted to a Cathedral. The window, the walls, the tombs spoke volumes of historical realities. The areas and corridors where the Harry Potter movie was pictured was a special attraction for the children.
Then we enjoyed a ride in a double-decker bus and explored the local areas. The pleasant evening ended with a short meeting planning for the next day. Finally we retired for the day, waiting for a new day to start, with our visit to schools in the UK.
Report Day 2 – June 10, 2019 by
It was a pleasant morning. We woke up at 6:30am and got freshened up . We left the Travelodge hotel at 7:45 to go to Chosen hill School. The school’s van had come to pick us up. It was a 10 mins drive. After reaching the school we headed to the reception. The school is very huge and beautiful. It was quite cold here. We met the deputy head Mrs. Sally Allens who took us to the meeting room. We sat there for 15 mins .
She offered us some breakfast. We gifted her souvenirs from India. Each of the students shadowed a Chosen Hill School student and attended classes. Later the students were divided into three groups and they went to three different classes to work collaboratively on the three ISA projects of SIS and SIRS.
The year 8 students worked on the project Beyond curriculum and created drama script, rehearsed and presented them. The class IX SIRS students worked on their ISA project Teens have Wings while the class X students worked on the SIRS project climate change. We told them about the climate changes that happens in India. We had a good time interacting with them . A worksheet about climate change was given to them . We helped them solve the worksheet. At 11 am we were taken to the canteen. We had some pizza and chicken burgers. Meanwhile, we made many new friends.
We had a nice time meeting them. Right after our food we came to another Year 10 classroom and presented about the same thing. Here we explained them in our own way by giving them many examples. They asked us many questions about our school. We had a great time answering them. After the bell rang we went to have lunch. It was 1:15 pm . We had hot dogs and pretzels. It was very tasty. After our food it was time to leave the school . We left and headed to the Churchdown Village Infant school. We met the head teacher Ms Julie Guest who showed us her school. Our bonding with the school is very nice. We spent around 30 mins there. We saw the little kids how they were engrossed and focused with their activities. We really enjoyed ! After spending some precious time there we went to the Gloucester Quays. We took some photos in the drizzling rain. Then we went to the Gloucester Rugby ground which is one of the largest of its kind in the country. We had a quick glance of the stadium, it was cool. We then went back to Travelodge hotel , got freshened up and went to the supermarket “ASDA”. We bought some food for the next days breakfast. We returned back to the hotel and had dinner at Harvesters . We ate British food, “Fish and Chips” . It was delicious. It was late so we came back to our rooms after dinner . We packed our bags for the next day and slept.
Report Day 4 – June 11, 2019 by Arnav Dhanawat Class XII
The day started with chilly winds and light drizzle, we had dressed up with the traditional dresses of States Of India. The school bus came to pick us up for the school and in the school we presented about our country and school in front of Year 6 girls and then we had an interactive session with them in which we got to know many things about them, their families, their interests and also about their school days and we also shared many facts about India to them. After that we left for Oxford University.
It was raining a bit heavier and we had a good lunch in McDonald’s, after that we started exploring the different colleges of the Oxford University starting with the Balliol College with a tour guide.We were told about the history of the college and we also saw their dining hall where all the students come for having meals and the chapel as well. We also saw the Bodleian Library which is only used by students of Balliol. We went to the famous Trinity College and there we learnt about it’s foundation by Thomas Pope and we saw their dining area too. We saw the Sheledonian Theatre which is a place for graduation ceremonies of the Trinity College and then we went for shopping in Oxford high Street and bought souvenirs. We came back to the hotel, happy but tired,gathered together to plan for the next day and went to bed.
Report Day 5 – June 12, 2019 by Mustafa and Ayushman of class IX
We started the day with last minute packing and a quick breakfast. We checked out of the Travelodge and went to Bath in 2 vehicles. The drive down the valley in drizzling rain was wonderful!! The herds of sheep in the fields, the shades of green, the painted cottages, just reminded us of pictures from our childhood story book. After reaching Bath, We quickly put the luggage in the Bath Townhouse and headed for the Welton Primary School . When we reached the school , the Headteacher Mr. John Snell heartily welcomed us. Their children sang a beautiful song to welcome us n welcome a sunshine. Then, We presented the costumes of the different states of India and told the students about India and our school. Post that we introduced #SHER KHAN The Globe trotter!! We shared his travel plans n the children were thrilled to meet Sheru!!