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Having recently returned from the second educational visit to Brazil, our students are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of eight young Brazilians who will be joining our community for two weeks in July.
During the Easter holidays, 12 members of BATH (Bishop Auckland Theatre Hooligans) at King James travelled to Brazil to take part in the exchange visit, where they enjoyed two days in Rio de Janeiro visiting Christ Statue, Sugarloaf Mountain and Santa Marta Favela, followed by a day in the city of Maringá, which was fashioned from an area of lush jungle in 1947. Despite its very urban features, the city is so beautiful and fertile, it is known as the ‘garden city’. This initial experience gave students a glimpse of the diversity and vibrant culture that is representative of Brazil.
Students then spent 11 days in Navarai in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, where they worked with our partner youth theatre group, BANHO (Bishop Auckland Navarai Hooligans), which was established by Stephen Elliott, our Teacher of Drama, during his working visit to the country in 2014/15.
Together, the groups developed some exciting new dance routines and worked on various theatrical pieces focusing on domestic violence and the crucifixion. They made plans for the forthcoming BANHO visit, and spent time with the families of the young Brazilians who will be part of the exchange group. Our talented students also utilised their skills as teachers and mentors by teaching dance at one of the local schools, Juracy Alves Cardoso.
The cultural trip also included a visit to Paraguay, a day at the largest Wild Animal Rescue Sanctuary in Brazil, and an opportunity to learn about the fascinating indigenous ‘Guarani Tribe’, which consists of an estimated 51,000 Guarani people living in seven states. Overall, the trip was another life-changing opportunity for our young people and one which will undoubtedly help to shape their aspirations for the future.
King James I Academy, South Church Road, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7JZ