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Playground to classroom, via Kathmandu and Bethlehem!

Signs from a truly unique primary school, to coincide with the dual celebrations across the country this week, marking Teachers Day and also the centenary of formal education in Brunei. Yes, Teachers Day was marked earlier in the week everywhere else, but Brunei obviously likes to do things a little differently!

The school where I saw this unusual signpost provides education for the children of British military and Ministry of Defence civilian personnel posted in Brunei. The vast majority of the pupils are Nepali, children of those serving in the Gurkha regiments.  The school is an outpost of the English education system, teaching in English, working to the English curriculum and accountable to the Ofsted regulatory body.  Year by year between 85-95% of the pupils have English as an additional language. Different languages, different cultures, different faiths all stirred together successfully in one of the happiest schools I have ever seen.  The children have a blast and are always sad to leave.


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It is just one sign post by the playground, and yet it manages to convey language, culture, faith, geography.  Oh, and of course important practical details like where to find the cyberspace zone!  Just don’t ask me the significance of the cockerel – I haven’t got a clue!

It doesn’t happen often, but this theme was one of those where I just had to have a second run at it (this was my first go).  You can find other interpretations of the WordPress weekly photo challenge ‘signs’ theme here.  There are loads to choose from, but some of my personal favourites: