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The Sagar School Head visits Canford as part of ongoing partnership

The Sagar School Head visits Canford as part of ongoing partnership
Karen Smith

During the first week of the Easter Term, the principal of The Sagar School in Rajasthan, Dr Saha, spent three days at Canford talking to staff and pupils about the development of the partnership between the two schools.

The connection with Canford began when Rosemary Sagar, daughter of the founder of The Sagar School, the late Dr Vidya Sagar attended Canford during her Sixth Form years.  As a corporate and intellectual property lawyer, her father travelled the globe and was deeply influenced by the values and cultural heritage of India, Europe and the Far East.  His vision was to create a school which merged the finest educational practices from these worlds.  The result was a 160 acre campus located two hours from Delhi which today educates up to 500 students from 17 different states of India and from countries including China, South Korea, Nepal, Thailand, UAE, USA and Zambia.  

With its founder’s vision always in mind, reciprocal links with other schools offer a deeper understanding of different cultures so that pupils can experience life in other parts of India and in countries across the globe.  Canford staff and pupils and those of The Sagar School have begun working together, with staff sharing their teaching and learning experiences as part of the staff development programme and also pupils working together on joint research projects.  Collaboration so far within the classroom has included a Maths project and a Biology project on the human impact on the environment.  Good use of video conferencing and other digital software has enabled this, alongside physical teacher exchanges. 

Former English teacher John James and his wife have just returned from three months spent at The Sagar School assisting with teaching and also helping with general school life.  The hope is to develop links in humanities subjects in the coming terms.

Canford Headmaster Ben Vessey commented:

“I am delighted with the way that this link is developing between our two schools, both educationally and pastorally.  The initial two academic projects have been valuable for all pupils involved and building relationships with staff and sharing teaching and learning techniques has been very positive.   We are looking forward to building on these in the coming year.”

Dr Saha echoed these sentiments:

“Thank you very much to everyone at Canford for their warm welcome.  It was very useful and informative to learn more about Canford life and the differences and similarities between the education at our two schools.  I am very excited about plans for future links, as are the staff and pupils at The Sagar School.  Thank you also for your generous gifts.  I will certainly be using the Canford bag on my future travels!”

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