Student Exchange Trip To Sri Lanka
‘It is good to have an end to the journey but it is the journey which matters in the end.’
Six of our school’s students visited Sri Lanka as a part of a cultural exchange programme with VISAKHA VIDYALAYA, a girl school in Colombo. The contingent consisted of Astha Salecha (XII E), Nandini Sharma (X A), Srishti Karnani (IX B), Gauri Sharma (IX A), Sambhavi Salecha (VIII B) and Srilakshmi Jayan (VII A). They were accompanied by Mrs. Manjuka Barua.
They were flagged off ceremoniously by the principal, Fr. John Ravi. They then arrived at Delhi to meet the Sri Lankan High Commissioner. It was followed by a short Q&A session with him. Later that evening, they arrived at Colombo and were welcomed by the host families with whom they had to stay.
The whole programme was planned by the Interact Club of Visakha Vidyalaya. Included in it were trips to Jaffna, Candy and Colombo. They also got to visit the beautiful beaches of Jaffna and Buddha’s tooth relic temple. They also had a chance to participate in AVURUDU- new year celebrations of the Sinhalese.
All of this gave the students an opportunity to have a glimpse of the Lankan culture. As per the Indian tradition, they had to leave a mark of their visit and they did this by performing a cultural programme to acquaint them with the Indian culture on the last day of their stay. The whole trip proved to be a great learning experience for both the guests as well as the hosts. The students had the opportunity to know about the Sinhalese culture up close and the Lankan students had the same in learning about the Indian culture and tradition as displayed by the Xavierites.