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EUROPE TOUR

A European Sojourn

NPS, Koramangala organised its third edition of the France/Switzerland Trip. Thirty-four students of Grades 9 and 10 opted for the trip that was from the 15th Oct., 2012 to 23rd Oct., 2012. Three teachers and a tour manager from SOTC accompanied the students.

The entourage visited Paris, Geneva, Engelberg, Zurich and Liechtenstein. The students were taken to various spots of historic, political, and scientific or simply touristic interest. Every place that they visited, they were given a detailed explanation and were also encouraged to have interactive sessions.

The students also had a unique chance of witnessing a live Swiss folk music performance, complete with the alpine horns!

The entire tour of 8 days and nights was an excellent one for the students, helping them to absorb the history, culture and ethos of a very different culture.

The students were unified in their expression at the end of the tour - Yeh dil maange more!!!

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EAST MEETS WEST AT NPS, KORAMANGALA

An Indo-German Youth Exchange Programme with Andreas-Schneider Schule, Heilbronn, Germany was hosted by the school. The programme lasted from 26th October 2009 to 8th November 2009. The German group consisted of fifteen students and two teachers.

During the programme the visiting students were taken around Bengaluru highlighting its heritage. They also enjoyed a 4-day out-station trip. The highlight of the programme was the home-stay arrangement. The visitors were welcomed with open arms into the homes of staff and students of NPS. It was Indian hospitality at its best!

The various events arranged for the students included demonstration of the various dance forms of Karnataka, experiencing our classes, some sports and an art workshop. This was followed by a joint community service programme on the last day organized by the Rotary Club.

It was with genuine interest, great wonder and absolute pleasure that the German guests reacted to the different sights and sounds and, of course, the tastes and flavours of India. While the excited reactions of the Germans pointed to the differences in our cultures and ways of life, the camaraderie and the bonds of friendship seen between our students and them was a reflection that these differences can be so easily set aside.

This was indeed a step towards making our 'gen next' more aware, sensitive and tolerant towards a different culture - a step towards making Global Citizens tomorrow.


TASTE OF A VARIED ETHNICITY

Thirteen of our students along with three teachers went to Germany on a 15 day exchange program planned with Andreas-Schneider-Schule in Heilbronn. The students of ASS - Germany were here in the month of November. The students and teachers from NPS, Koramangala landed at Frankfurt Airport to witness a chilly weather, but were mightily compensated by the warm welcome extended by the faculty of the Andreas-Schneider-Schule and the host families.

The itinerary was thoughtfully planned with, visits to city of Heilbronn, Schwavisch Hall, walk along Camburgriver, Heidelberg, Badwimpfen, a visit to Stuttgart, medieval parts of Munich, Neuschwanstein and Hitler’s Dachau Concentration Camp , sessions in the classroom, meetings with the Indian Consulate and discussions with the Rotary Club members.

The home stay with the German family was an eye opener, it gave the students a first hand knowledge of the lifestyle, culture and tradition of the Germans. This enriching experience left one feeling that we all belonged to one human race after all .This was an initiation of cross cultural sensitivity among students,which is a mandatory pre-requisite to be a global citizen.


 
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