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20 October 2017

King's Celebrates Diwali in Style

King’s College has recently opened a new partner school in India – King’s College, India – in the city of Rohtak, just north of New Delhi.

Last week we were delighted to welcome pupils from King’s College India for a fortnight of thrilling activities as part of a regular exchange programme. As well as immersing themselves completely in the lives of the schools here in Taunton for two weeks, the visitors involved their British counterparts in the magic of Diwali, the Hindu festival of light.

The visiting children and their teachers celebrated the two-day festival with great enthusiasm, enjoying creative workshops, musicals and fireworks. As well as educating staff and pupils about rangoli – intricate floor patterns made using coloured powder – the pupils from King’s College India performed a stunning musical show depicting the celebration of good over evil and the victory of light over darkness in the school theatre.

The celebrations ended on Thursday night with a firework display in the grounds of King’s Hall, followed by a sumptuous Indian supper.

Commenting on their first week in the UK, KCI School Manager, Captain Yashika Dalal, said: “Our first week has been wonderful. We’ve enjoyed celebrating Diwali with our fellow King’s pupils here in Taunton. The Diwali lunch was lavish and included tasty Indian curries and sweets, which took us by surprise – that we were able to enjoy the home made delicacies overseas. It was such a warm gesture”.

“We looking forward to seeing more of the area, with many trips arranged for next week.”

Amidst the festivities, pupils have been taking part in a range of educational activities, including a maths masterclass with Headmaster, Richard Biggs, in addition to various sporting ventures. In the evenings, pupils have enjoyed regular co-curricular pursuits, which have involved a trip to see War Horse at the Bristol Hippodrome, as well as a visit to the beautiful Hestercombe Gardens.

On the cusp of the half term, pupils have a full itinerary of events to look forward to, including a visit to Plymouth Aquarium, a special tour of the Somerset County Cricket Ground, as well as shopping trips to London and Exeter.

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