Today we visited the second building of the school. Last year the schools in Adana were re-organised so now there is a school for 3 to 9 year olds, which we visited on Tuesday, and 9 to 13 year olds, which we visited today. The teachers in the lower school have a class each with a specialist teacher for religious education and English. In the upper school each teacher is responsible for one subject area. We were welcomed to the school by a choir singing for us and then we were shown around the school. The teachers and pupils told us that they had really looked forward to our visit.
We visited classrooms and asked the children some of your questions .They were very keen to know if I had ever seen a football match but looked totally confused when I mentioned the Sunderland word!
We had our meeting with the teachers and were served with yet more food. We showed your work on myths and legends and planned a Comenius week that will take place in the week beginning November 17th. During the week we will be skyping our Comenius friends in the three partner countries. We also decide that we would make some Christmas decorations that we would send to our partner schools in time for the Christmas break. We were then introduced to the local minister for education and he presented us with our Comenius certificates. We were then taught some Turkish Folk dancing and all I will say is that I won’t be giving up the day job in a hurry!
We had our lunch with the teachers in the staff room and again you can see what a variety of delicious dishes were on offer. The food was delicious.
In the afternoon we did a paper marbling workshop. Miss Carney made a beautiful print. I managed to keep the red paint off my yellow shirt.
The last treat that was planned for me was a visit to a Turkish barber shop, not that I have a lot of hair! It was the most amazing experience which include getting my cheeks waxed, having a blow torch on the side of my face and getting ahead massage – all for 15 Turkish Lira which is about £4.17.
We have had the most amazing experience. We have been welcomed like a family and cannot express in words how well we have been looked after. Children in Turkey are just like children in England. They all have hopes and ambitions and try and see the best in everyone. Teachers and parents are exactly the same. They want the very best for their children and realise that speaking another language gives them greater opportunities for their future lives. In St. Austin’s we are learning Spanish because we feel it gives our pupils the very best opportunities for their future.
The teachers and pupils of our Adana partner school send their very best wishes to everyone in St Austin’s.