“So, we will all dress up – yeah”? we said at the end of term in our staff meeting. First day back on 31st October, witches and ghouls signed in as usual. Were they inspired by ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ on Saturday night? The makeup on Luke and Fiona was outstanding. Ben’s costume was a winner.
However, the funniest thing was the learners filed in as usual without a bat of an eyelid. OK ………… as Judith tried to pick up board marker with long green talons. Popping into borrow something from Ben to see him teaching in his long dark Ozzy Osborne wig that draped over his face and witch’s hat. Learners following his instructions as if nothing was amiss.
By the afternoon, Ben had transformed into a Werewolf and Paul had nicked the wig, playing on his air guitar. The learners carved out their pumpkins with gusto and small lights glistened through the holes. It was so nice to celebrate and dress up – any excuse here at Bedford!
On Friday 4th November we celebrated Diwali with our learners. The adult learners joined us too. It was a short video following the preparation for Diwali by a family in India. It explained the reason for Diwali: Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil.
Three members of the group had celebrated Diwali this year, watching firework displays and going to the Gurdwara. Charan from the adult learners who is a Sikh explained why and how they celebrate Diwali even though it is a Hindu celebration. The Sikhs call it Bandi Chhor.
To top the session off delicious spread of fresh samosas, chutney, pakora and cakes was laid out for all.