Sunday 13 May 2012

Strengthening the links

Over the past few lessons, I have aimed to familiarise the students with Acland Burghley School as much as I can.

Following on from the last lesson where we looked at the school's prospectus, I asked them refresher questions to see what they had remembered and thankfully, they had done their work. I put the boys in the computer room and let them look at the school's website and asked them to give me one interesting fact about the school. Many were basic, some more interesting. But in the process, the kids are hopefully beginning to see and appreciate the values of the link.

I also introduced Rob, our contact at Acland Burghley and the Friday afternoon Palestine club. The children were interested that such a club existed but are excited about hopefully speaking to the students face to face one day: something we will certainly try make a reality.

I sent the boys away with some homework; we eventually want to create letters to scan and email to the Palestine club. Rather than just send a normal letter, I asked them to bring in a picture or poem which 'defines' them or means something to them to form the introduction of the letter. Some suggestsions were pictures of the wall or Al-Aqsa mosque, some were poems by the famous Palestinian Poet, Mahmoud Darwish.

Next lesson, it will be interesting to see what they bring and hopefully we can begin with writing our letters!

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