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Traditionally, school exchange programs bring together students from two different schools to meet and interact. This time, YPS, Patiala hosted students from the royal city of Jodhpur. YPS culminated its Inter-State Regional Exchange Programme with a group of 15 girls and an escort teacher from Rajmata Krishna Kumari Girls Public School, Jodhpur, on Saturday. A nine day (April 21-29) exchange programme was held under the patronage of AFS (a voluntary, non-profit organisation that provides opportunity to help people develop the knowledge, skill and understanding needed to overcome cultural barriers).

They were exposed to the class curriculum, activities in the field of ART, MUSIC, DANCE and COOKING. The participation in all these activities helped in creating right bond amongst the children of both the schools. A tour of Patiala cultural sites enhanced their knowledge of The Royal City. The uniqueness of the exchange was that both schools belong to Royal families. The students embibed the ethos of each school in its similarity and variance.

After all the informative and enlightening sessions in the school, another fun -filled day was planned which included visits to Quila Mubarak, Adalat Bazar, A/C market and NIS…..they admired the cultural heritage and architectural beauty of Patiala.

On the last day, a brief cultural presentation was organised on Saturday evening. Promoting diversity, YPS junior school students presented an energetic and foot -tapping ‘Bhangra’, whereas the girls from RKK School showed their talent in an English group song and octane packed Rajasthani tribal dance ‘Kalbelia’. This multicultural programme was a delight to watch.

YPS Director ,Maj Gen Sanjiv Varma, applauded the efforts of the students and presented souvenirs to the visiting school. On the same evening, school bid a heart-warming farewell to Paolo and Maddalena, our exchange programme students from Italy who were here for last 10 months. It was entertaining as well as poignant evening as we bid farewell to our dear guests….but we believe “Every ending has a new beginning.”