Feniton teachers share their classroom knowledge

PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 September 2014

Teachers Amanda Parsons, Ruth Clarke and Ruth Ingrouille.

Teachers Amanda Parsons, Ruth Clarke and Ruth Ingrouille.


Teachers from Feniton have been exchanging their classroom knowledge with schools in the Solomon Islands.

Amanda Parsons and Ruth Clarke, of Feniton C of E Primary School, and Ruth Ingrouille, of Tipton St John C of E Primary School, travelled to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific to work with fellow teachers in the country.

The head of school at Feniton Primary, Amanda Parsons, said: “We had a really fantastic time.”

The teachers spent about 10 days in the Solomon Islands in August and did workshops, which were attended by 72 teachers from four different schools.

“The teachers were so keen for us to be there,” added Mrs Parsons. “It was a rewarding and satisfying experience.”

Prior to travelling out to the country, pupils from the Otter Valley Federation schools made 300 bracelets for the teachers to give to the children in the Solomon Islands.

The Otter Valley Federation - Feniton and Tipton St John primary schools - is twinned with the Norman Palmer School in the Solomon Islands, and has been developing these cultural links for a number of years.

The village itself has historic links with the Solomon Islands with John Coleridge Patteson - the first Bishop of Melanesia.

The visit was part funded by the Melanesian Mission UK.

It is hoped that teachers from the islands will be able to visit Feniton and Tipton St John in the future.

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