Empowering students: The annual Global Immersion Programme (GIP) to United Kingdom (UK) was conducted from June 3 to 11, 2018. A team comprising of students from Class VIII to X along with a teacher coordinator had a joyful learning experience visiting different schools, working collaboratively on several pre-decided projects, understanding the similarities and differences in the learning styles of both the countries and well as exploring historical monuments and indulging in fun-filled rides and games.
The visit started with Norton Hill Secondary School, Bath, where students had a full day learning activity. For the entire day, each of the SAIoneer was paired with a partner student from Norton Hill who went together to attend classes like French, Physics, Geography, English, Maths and Dance. They also visited the Welton Primary School, which is part of the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership. In both the Schools, special assemblies were conducted for SAI students to showcase their school as well as the culture and tradition of India. While at Bath, the team explored the various monuments in the historical City like the famous Roman Bath, Abbey’s Tower etc.
Students had a wonderful opportunity to get a guided tour of the Oxford University. They visited different colleges like the Balliol College, Trinity College and St John’s College. Students also got to see the five famous libraries like Weston, Bodleian, Magdalen, Merton and Codrington and garnered as much information they could from the guide. Visiting the Oxford University was a great learning experience for the students as it helped them to widen their knowledge on Colleges of Higher education and Renowned International Universities.
They started their tour of London with a visit to Madam Tussauds, where students had a wonderful time clicking photographs with their favourite stars, followed by visiting London Eye, which made the students spellbound witnessing the panoramic view of the city from the capsule. They also got to see the British Parliament house, the Victoria Hall, the Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and the Westminster Abbey. The City tour of London gave students a highly enriching experience.
A cruise ride on the river Thames was a unique experience for the students as well. There they learnt about several historical facts including the history of the seven bridges from the guide. They also got to witness the Changing the Guard ceremony outside the Buckingham Palace on their last day of their trip. Students loved the colourful spectacle and British pageantry. The GIP team to UK had their own share of fun-filled activity at Shrek’s Adventure, which also gave them a brilliant interactive and immersive walk-through experience.
GIP is one such endeavor that provides a unique learning experience for the students, bringing in a significant impact in their knowledge repository and tuning their mind-set to adapt the universal learning experience. It is an excellent method to instill independent thinking and bestow in them the confidence to build their dreams and reach their goals.