A group of 20 students and 3 staff members from King’s College, India in Rohtak will be undertaking an exciting International exchange visit to King’s College (Senior school) and King’s Hall (Prep school), Taunton, England, UK – located in the beautiful cricket loving county of Somerset. King’s College, Taunton is regarded as one of the top co-educational Independent Schools in the UK that provides an outstanding education for both boys and girls. Nobel Prize winners, politicians, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians and theatrical stars have all emerged from King’s College, Taunton since its foundation in 1880 (137 years ago). Indian cricket lovers will be keen to know that Jos Buttler (England Test and ODI and Mumbai Indian player) hails from this College.
Mustafa Shaikh (recently appointed Assistant Head/Head of Boarding and Director of Cricket) at King’s College, India in Rohtak who hails from Taunton, Somerset says that “the group will have a fantastic time visiting my home town and the stunning South west region of the UK.” The group leader will be Mr Mukherjee (Assistant Head Curriculum) assisted by English teacher Miss Medha Sethi and College Manager Captain Yashika Dalal. They will be visiting the UK from 14th October to 27th October and will undertake a comprehensive programme of activities co-ordinated by colleagues of Mr Biggs, Headmaster of King’s College, Taunton (and Governor at King’s College, India).
During the first week the students will be fully immersed in the Boarding life of the UK school and will engage in a full range of classroom based curriculum activities including English, Mathematics, Science and Drama. They will also have the opportunity to make use of the outstanding sporting facilities available at the school including badminton, cricket, netball, tennis, volleyball and swimming.
During the second week of the stay they will have the chance to explore the beautiful location of the South West of England including its stunning coastline, outstanding National parks, famous gardens, Somerset County Cricket Club and other tourist attractions such as the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. Prior to returning home the group will also undertake some sightseeing in London.
As the trip is occurring during the Diwali period the students from King’s College, India will be performing a special celebration for their UK counterparts in the College Chapel followed by a special meal.
Staff and students from King’s College, Rohtak, India are relishing this exchange visit as a way of exposing its young students to a fantastic, horizon-expanding connection between the two schools. It will provide a holistic all –encompassing, nurturing and fulfilling experience which will allow its students to go out into the world with confidence, to flourish and be a force for good.
Some of the current boarders at the King’s College India such as Nikhil Goyal and Ansh Goyal have expressed their excitement at meeting new friends, developing their English speaking and writing skills and just simply having an amazing time visiting King’s College in Taunton.
Assistant Head Mr Mukherjee will be taking a keen interest in how the curriculum is developed and assessed. English teacher Medha Sethi will have a key focus on the teaching of English across the school and Captain Yashika will look to gain an understanding of organisational matters such as health and safety and personnel matters.
This is an exciting development between the two schools which hopefully will become an integral part of school life now and in the future. We have so much to learn and share from each other not least culturally but at both curriculum and organisational levels. This will really strengthen our school and give us further impetus for development. We will be extending an invitation to colleagues and students from Taunton to join us here in Rohtak in the near future.