At Benington, we are very proud to be linked with St Mary’s School, Singla Valley , Darjeeling, India. St Mary’s school nestles amongst the tea gardens of Singla in the Himalayan foothills 17km from the town of Darjeeling. Currently the school has 480 students from the Singla Valley. Some of them walk at least an hour to reach the school. The School has 14 teachers and three non-teaching staff.
In December 2017 we made our first link with St Mary’s when Mr Preston, a sponsor of the school, came to visit us. He told the staff and the children all about St Mary’s School in Singla. We all immediately were keen to start building a friendship.
With Mr Preston’s help, we have also enjoyed sending letters and pictures to the school to introduce ourselves.
We are looking to grow our link with the school and believe it is important for our children to have an understanding of what is happening internationally too. We want to spark children’s intellectual, emotional and social curiosity, build their respect for diversity and allow them to practice the Christian values they have learnt.