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Carnival fun in Thetford

PUBLISHED: 12:28 10 July 2009 | UPDATED: 21:36 07 July 2010

WITH carnival puppets, circus skills workshops, tribal costumes and more, it is certainly not an average week at school.

WITH carnival puppets, circus skills workshops, tribal costumes and more, it is certainly not an average week at school.

Pupils at Charles Burrell Humanities School have had their usual timetables thrown out of the window last week as the whole school took part in a special humanities week with the theme global citizenship.

The Thetford school has been divided into four “mini-schools” with each group working on one of four topics - carnival, circus skills, tribal cultures, and fundraising across the world.

The activities pupils are taking part in include making giant Notting Hill Carnival-style puppets, learning to juggle and other types of circus acts, making t-shirts for the charity WaterAid, creating tribal grass skirts and face paint designs, and trying different types of food from around the globe.

Jane Holland, director of humanities specialism at the school, said: “We want to raise awareness of other cultures and global issues, and also help the students develop their ability to work as teams and with different people. They are all working with people from different year groups.

“The students have really embraced the activities and there is a real buzz about the school this week.”

Fifteen-year-old Emily Gabriel, who is in the tribal cultures group, said: “It has been a really interesting week. It was great to experience new things and meet new people too.”


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