MARSHLAND High School recently had a special overseas visitor.
Rupika Jayasinghe visited the West Walton secondary school under the Reciprocal Visit Scheme after a representative from the British school previously visited the educational establishment in Kandy.
The Mayor of Wisbech Jonathan Farmer and Susanah Farmer joined the governors of Marshland High School at a reception to welcome Mrs Jayasinghe, with Lynis Lord, international co-ordinator.
Mr and Mrs Farmer were recently in Sri Lanka and knowing of the link with the school in Kandy, called in to greet the principal and Mrs Jayasinghe while they were there.
Mrs Lord was in Sri Lanka before half term and spent a week at the school, visiting classes.
She said: “My welcome there was amazing – I was greeted at the entrance by the school’s Eastern Band with conch shell and drums, and then performances by singers and dancers in the school hall and an address by the principal. It was a greeting worthy for the Queen!”
Mrs Jayasinghe said: “I am very pleased to be visiting Marshland High School; it is totally different to my school of 4,000 girls from age 5 – 19. However, in many lessons the content is similar as we are studying O-Levels comparable to GCSE and A - Levels, as in the United Kingdom.
“The Global Partnership means a great deal to the girls in Sri Lanka, to enable them to learn about different cultures and have respect for other nations. This gives a wider perspective about the world they are growing up in.”
Mrs Jayasinghe visited classes, observed lessons, joined in discussion groups, worked with the Textiles class, dressing Year 11 girl Carli Nelson in a sari, and did a food demonstration to a Year 9 class making a curry, Sri Lankan style.
The schools are now working on further projects together and look forward to continuing their partnership in the years to come.