SPECIAL guests from Nepal swapped the mountains of their homeland and travelled thousands of miles to the Dispatch district to build strong links with Bulwell Academy.
The visit was arranged as part of the Global School Partnership, which is aimed at sharing styles of education and allowing pupils to gain experience of other cultures from around the world.
The delegation from Nepal included a district education officer and regional education director, as well as Thirandra Chandra Bhatt, who is head teacher of the Jaijanath Secondary School in the remote western district of Kanchanpur.
They were met by the academy’s deputy head teacher, David Brockhurst, who visited Nepal himself as part of the scheme last month.
Bulwell pupils fittingly welcomed their guests by saying “namaste” and bowing with their hands together, which is a traditional Nepalese greeting.
The group was given a tour of the academy before visiting other schools in Nottingham.
The academy will now link with the Jaijanath School and pupils will become pen pals. One of the first challenges is for students to swap photographs of the views from their bedroom and classroom windows with their Nepalese peers.
The link-up with Nepal is the latest international partnership brokered by the academy. It already works with schools in France and Uganda and is looking to set up one in the Lebanon.