Students mark Diwali with stunning artwork for cultural project

Thomas Clarkson Academy with Diwali art

Students at Thomas Clarkson Academy have created artwork to mark this year's Diwali festival as part of a new partnership. - Credit: Ian Burt Photography

Students have teamed up with an Indian school to create a range of stunning artwork as part of a new partnership. 

Thomas Clarkson Academy (TCA) in Wisbech produced the artwork for a Rangoli, a traditional form of decoration to welcome guests, as part of this year’s Diwali festival. 

Preetha Raj, head of science at TCA said: “Our students made a beautiful Rangoli as part of learning more about traditions in India around the time of Diwali, which is an important festival in the Hindu calendar.” 

Thomas Clarkson Academy Diwali art

Students at Thomas Clarkson Academy have created artwork to mark this year's Diwali festival as part of a new partnership. - Credit: Ian Burt Photography

Thomas Clarkson Academy Diwali art

Students at Thomas Clarkson Academy have created artwork to mark this year's Diwali festival as part of a new partnership. - Credit: Ian Burt Photography

Different themes have been included in the curriculum as part of the Diwali project, such as the history of fireworks in science, to help students learn about different cultures.

The project with the Narayana Vidyalayam school in Nagpur, India, began when Mrs Raj’s relative, a teacher at the school, made contact as it needed a partner. 

Thomas Clarkson Academy Diwali art

Students at Thomas Clarkson Academy have created artwork to mark this year's Diwali festival as part of a new partnership. - Credit: Ian Burt Photography

And future activities between the two schools are being discussed. 

“We are enriching the cultural capital of our students by linking with a school in India and learning from each other,” Mrs Raj added. 

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“We are very much looking forward to working together.” 

Thomas Clarkso Academy Diwali art

Students at Thomas Clarkson Academy have created artwork to mark this year's Diwali festival as part of a new partnership. - Credit: Ian Burt Photography

Thomas Clarkson Academy Diwali art

Students at Thomas Clarkson Academy have created artwork to mark this year's Diwali festival as part of a new partnership. - Credit: Ian Burt Photography

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