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Visitor from Tibetan Children's Villages, India

Tim Withers, Principal, was delighted to meet Tenzin Pelmo from Tibetan Children’s Villages in India on Friday morning at the school.  Tenzin, a Tibetan teacher, is the English resource specialist for the Tibetan Children’s Villages, and is visiting the UK to find out more about our education systems, particularly relating to primary schools and the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 in secondary schools.  Tenzin also met Mrs Carol Doyle and Mrs Caroline Holden who organise the Year 6 to 7 transition process at Ralph Allen School, and toured the school to see the new buildings and facilities built since her last visit in October 2009.

She was accompanied by Alexandra Dart and Catherine Giles of the Earthchild charity who support the Tibetan Children's Villages.

The Tibetan Children’s Villages provide a total education for 17,000 children, many of whom are refugees or orphans.  As well as an education, the children are also provided with housing, food and clothing.

Tenzin was particularly pleased to see the school library and meet Ms Candy Harrison, Learning Resource Centre Manager, and to see the inspiring learning space.

Tim Withers said, ‘We are always glad to welcome visitors from educational establishments in other parts of the world and to show them how our education system works.  The international dimension is a very important part of learning, which is why we carry out exchanges to France, Spain and Germany, and welcome students from a Japanese school on an annual visit in June.  Tenzin was particularly interested in the Year 6 to 7 transition process, which the Ralph Allen transition team handles very well every year.’