It was true east meet west at Mount Carmel Central School, Maryhill wherein students presented exhibits of flowers, animals, houses, dresses, seasons, medicinal plants, harvest festivals, crops, dance and tourism projects, recently as part of their second phase of Projects for International School Award from the British Council.

The students of class VII had collaborative work with partner school overseas for few months now as part of the international project and collected information about the dances and suitable music for the same. These pre-teens beautifully performed dances from America, UK, France, Kenya, Japan and India that comprised jive, ballet, folk dance, kabuki, Bharatanatyam and the scene-stealer a dance as tribute to pop king, Michael Jackson.

Melissa, a student of std VI said that it was an enjoyable experience. Through this ongoing project and from the exhibit we students got to learn about different forms of dances of different countries and also about the music. We students of std VI staged a skit depicting the importance of tourism. We also got an opportunity to see the subject tourism from the point of view of countries like Brazil, Egypt, Australia and South Africa and also compared the differences and similarities in transportation and tourism aspects with that of India.

Keerthi K, parent of one of the students said “The international projects introduced in the school have brought in us and in our children a thirst for knowledge. We along with our children have read books, collected information from internet, prepared models, charts and power point presentations. We have enjoyed this new method of learning. Our school has become a global village”.

Arolin and Hrithik, students of std IV said that as part of the project they are presenting preparation of natural home remedies from the plants and herbs collected while on a field trip. We have collected about 120 medicinal plants and developed a nursery. We have studied about home remedies in countries like New Zealand, China, Bangladesh and America, they added. Ashton, student of std V, who is working on a project related to harvest festival said that it has enabled him to learn how the harvesting is done in England and America and also various aspects of harvest celebrations.

However, what was unique about the exhibitions was that students themselves dressed up and performed different items in order to depict various cultures that prevail in various western countries and our own.