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Diss pupils off to Sri Lanka

PUBLISHED: 08:27 28 March 2009 | UPDATED: 11:00 12 July 2010

In October 2009 11 Sixth Form Students from Diss High school are travelling to Sri Lanka to visit their link school in the village of Jalthara.

In October 2009 11 Sixth Form Students from Diss High school are travelling to Sri Lanka to visit their link school in the village of Jalthara.

The link between Diss High School and Jalthara Maha Vidyalaya, a rural school for 6-16 year olds, was started in 2005 and has grown in strength ever since.

Pupils collected books, games and stationery which were then sent out to the school and many are participating in penfriend activities. Teachers from Diss have visited and taught at the school, while an ex Diss pupil worked in the school for 8 weeks as part of her University degree. Lesson ideas have been exchanged, with both Diss and Jalthara pupils working on linked topics in their lessons.

Diss High School has, as part of its Specialist Schools status, paid for the building of a new classroom specifically aimed at English activities. Pupils meanwhile, fundraised for desks and other equipment.

The positive impact of this project so far can be seen in a rise in English O Level passes at Jalthara from 29% to 62%.

In October the students will take out with them prepared activities and lead some of the Jalthara pupils in a number of lessons and workshops, such as music, dance and sport. During their stay they will also exchange ideas and learn about each other's cultures. On their return to Diss the students will be expected to share their experiences in assemblies, meetings and lessons.

The cost of this trip is about £1500 per pupil, part of which will be met by the students themselves. However the remainder will be raised through fundraising and sponsorship.

If you would like to participate to this project by donating money, games, equipment or raffle prizes contact:

Rosanna Ellis (home number 01379 641255) or Suzie Johnson (at Diss High 01379 642424)

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