Visitor Opinions – Schools (2017)

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Thank you for yet another wonderful visit.

Here’s what one of the parents who accompanied the trip emailed on our return: “What a wonderful day! Indeed the children were so well behaved and polite which was lovely to see. The temple was stunning and to learn how many volunteers helped build it was truly humbling for us and the children. Instilling the very nature of giving!”

For my part, it was so lovely to be recognised and welcomed so warmly. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the visit so successful. We all had a very enjoyable morning.

Clare Oswald
Thomas’s Day School
Battersea, London
9 March 2017

I would like to thank you so very much for such an enjoyable and interesting day. It was extremely well organised by groups of friendly, kind volunteers. The children were given a small insight and some experience of Hinduism, which we can now work on. Our ‘leader’ very kindly allowed us to use a room for lunch, which was perfect and gave us the chance to enjoy the shop too. We were happy to receive the gratuitous sweets and booklets – thank you.

Jackie Yeulet
St Mary’s School
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
7 March 2017

We enjoyed our trip immensely and the girls got a lot out of it. Thank you for being so welcoming and accommodating.

This was my first visit to the Mandir and I found it not only beautiful and peaceful but extremely fascinating.

Maria Davy
Head of Religious Education
Farnborough Hill School
Farnborough, Hampshire
3 March 2017

Thank you all so much for another most enjoyable educational visit to the Mandir in Neasden. It was another wonderful experience for the pupils and much enjoyed by all. I am sure they will be able to produce a really good coursework assignment as a result.

Please pass on my grateful thanks to the staff and hope to see you again this time next year.

Paul Morgan-Jones
Senior Master
Holmewood House Prep School
Turnbridge Wells, Kent
23 February 2017

Our year 5 pupils visited the Mandir today and had a great time. Our deputy head, who went, gave me very positive feedback and said the guide was very good. Many thanks for your help.

Jill Allen
RE Subject Leader: Years 1-5
Fairley House School
Westminster, London
22 February 2017

We have had a very successful morning at Neasden and once again, the children have returned full of awe and wonder! It was particularly special to be let into the additional room where we were able to see the sacred image of Nilkanth Varni.

As always, a well-run trip which we appreciate all of the guides giving up their time to assist with our experience. We wish you continued success.

M Legg
Head of Middle School
Guyhurst School
Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire
21 February 2017

We all had a wonderful time yesterday visiting BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir. We were made to feel so welcome and enjoyed the information and enlightening film and talk at the beginning. It was so good to hear the facts presented in such a clear and human way. The Temple was stunning and a beautiful peaceful haven. So kind to let others of different faiths observe and be part of your rituals. The visit was thoroughly enjoyed by all and I will certainly look forward to further visits in the future. A very big thank you from the group from South Thames College.

Alison Brooke Turner
Tutor and Blue Badge Guide
South Thames College
London
15 February 2017

Thank you so much for all your guidance and support during our class visits at the Mandir. Our reception children learnt so much and had a wonderful experience. They enjoyed looking at the architecture, drawings, pictures and the ceremony. This allowed them to speak about the Mandir through first hand experiences. Thank you for the wonderful resources you have provided for us to take away.

Jaspreet Panesar
Khalsa Primary School
Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
18 January 2017

As always – thank you!

The morning went so smoothly and due to the fact that we landed in Neasden early, the whole morning went very well.

The gentleman who speaks to us is so friendly and he makes us feel so welcome. The video at the beginning is great, and the exhibition is very informative.

The children loved the visit and have already recommended it to their colleagues for next year. They particularly enjoyed the lunch at the restaurant opposite – everyone looked after them wonderfully.

As an RE teacher, I think it is so valuable to give our children an experience of observing worship in other cultures, and your community succeeds in opening your doors to the public and educating young and old about the values of Hindu faith.

Thank you again and I look forward to seeing you in a year’s time – if not before!

Jane Towns
RE & History Teacher
Bishop’s Stortford College Prep School
Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
17 January 2017

Many thanks for your help with our visit which took place on Friday 13th January. We sadly had to make a shorted trip than planned due to unforeseen issues with the times.

May I also take this opportunity to thank you for your most kind welcome and your amazing educational centre. Whilst we were only in there for about 15 minutes it was nevertheless most engaging and most interesting. Thank you so so much! I cannot remember the centre manager’s name but he was the nicest chap and our students thought very highly of him.

Please do kindly indicate if you would be willing to host us again next year as we would like to run the trip again exactly as it was on Friday, albeit with some more time at your amazing temple and ideally to see darshan/arti/puja which we sadly missed.

Richard Louis Ainslie
Sir John Leman High School
Beccles, Suffolk
14 January 2017