Pupils and staff enjoyed an unforgettable trip to our partnership school in Nitte, India, Dr. NSAM English Medium High School. S5 pupil Mary Lee wrote about her experience:
For most of us, this was our first time visiting India, so we had no idea what to expect. We were greeted by our partner school through a welcoming ceremony consisting of traditional rituals, flower garlands and a performance by the school band.
We were given a tour around the school and the fact that the younger classes sang nursery rhymes and traditional songs really warmed our hearts.
The J8 group have been fundraising to help three children attend the school and it was such a sweet moment when the three sponsorship children – Raksha, Shamith and Sujeeksha - presented us with thank you cards. We saw first hand the meaningful impact the sponsorship programme gives, and the remarkable efforts accomplished by the J8 group.
We were lucky enough to spend one evening with Mr Hedge, the son of the founder of the Nitte Education Trust – Justice Hegde. It is clear that his legacy still lives on today as the 28 medical centres and institutions would not be there if it wasn’t for him.
Some of us have an interest in working in Healthcare and two hospitals generously offered us a tour around their premises and we had a very clear outlook into the healthcare system in India.
Carla Foxworthy tells us more about the trip:
When visiting the KSHEMA hospital, we were taken around wards, theatres and different departments. Every aspect of the hospital had me intrigued and amazed at all times. There is a complete contrast between Indian hospitals and the NHS at home but the underlying elements that are common to both is the care and treatment of patients. I knew as soon as I came out of the hospital that medicine was for me.
During our visit, we had the opportunity to relax on the beach, visit numerous temples and historic sites, and getting henna done was a bonus for us all.
The highlight of our trip was definitely saree shopping and seeing the endless array of colours and patterns available in the shop. It took us what felt like forever to pick the perfect one, but after two hours of trying on different sarees, we were over the moon with our choices.
We all enveloped ourselves in the Indian culture through trying a mixture of Indian food (the butter chicken was without a doubt, our favourite), learning about different customs and to top it all off, we wore the traditional Indian saree at the farewell ceremony. It was lovely to see the students showcasing their talents through singing and dancing. We incorporated a bit of the Scottish culture too, by performing the Gay Gordon’s and Auld Lang Syne, and with Mrs Barr beautifully singing Speed Bonnie Boat at the end.
Throughout our trip, it was nice to see a few familiar faces too – Prathiksha, Rithika and Tejaswini – who have all visited Scotland by winning the Nitte-Hutchie Challenge. We thank everyone that helped make this experience as amazing as it was – the students for accompanying us and hosting dinners, Mr Shetty for ensuring we had a comfortable night and special thanks goes to the teachers for organising this entire trip and welcoming us with open arms.
All of us would highly recommend this trip as it was one of the most eye-opening moments in our life, and it offered an experience that no other trip can provide. It’s true that we were out of our comfort zone at times, but this taught us to be respectful towards other cultures and just to go with the flow. Words cannot describe how much fun we had – the most hilarious memories were created, and they will stay with us forever.
Hutchesons' and the DR NSAM School have been partner schools for 11 years, and it is inspirational the work we have accomplished together and the strong bond that still exists today.
To see photographs from the trip, please click here.
To see the video from the trip, please click here.
To find out more about the 2018 Nitte Exchange Trip, please speak to Ms Tomitaka and click here to download the application form.