Mildenhall College Academy had an eye-opening time when it welcomed guests from its middle-eastern twinning school earlier this month.
The college, which is split across two sites in Mildenhall, hosted two teachers and three students from the Dahiet Al-Rasheed all-girls in Jordan after three teachers and 23 students jetted out to the middle east last year.
“They treated us like royalty,” said music teacher Clare Hall, who linked the schools.
Music is not taught in Dahiet Al-Rasheed and it lacks the technology enjoyed by Mildenhall Academy, but their girls were happy to join in with a traditional Jordanian song and dance. They spent three days at the school, went on walks around Newmarket and visited London during their stay.
“They showed us that traditional ways of teaching are hugely important. I am trying to get the students confident at presenting and talking to people. If you put the Jordanian girls in a job interview situation they would get the job hands down,” said Miss Hall.
“It’s good to show the kids that Jordan is a friendly place because it’s surrounded by countries that have got a bad reputation in the press.”