Tormead and the Royal Grammar School hosted four pupils and their Head, Mr Gurung, from our partnership school, Bhu Pu Sainik in Besishahar, Nepal. It was a busy week full of fun, cultural exchange and laughter. Highlights of the week included a robotics workshop led by Dr Claesen, baking muffins with Mrs Ellery, visiting the Prep School and the celebratory dinner at the RGS. The Besishahar students have spent time with pupils in Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 and Prep School.

This student visit was the latest development in a charitable link with the school that goes back to 2004, when RGS old boy Alex Ewart died in a rafting accident that was meant to celebrate the successful completion of three months of volunteering in Besishahar. Alex’s sisters attended Tormead. Tormead and RGS have raised funds over the last decade to improve the educational facilities in the schools in Besishahar.

In October a team of Lower Sixth pupils from both schools will visit Bhu Pu School to complete a range of activities including renovating facilities and trekking to stay with host families in the Himalayan village of Ghalegaun. A central part of this visit is the cultural exchange between the teenagers of the two countries.

We look forward to many reciprocal visits in the future.

Sam Jones, Assistant Head: Co-Curricular

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