Visitor Opinions – Schools (2018)

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We turned up on the scheduled date according to our original intention and despite having not made the correct booking were welcomed and fitted in with as much happiness as if we were in the right. I want to say a huge thank you to all your staff who were as patient and informative as ever. My boys were treated as guests without any feeling that their chaplain had made an error. Please pass my thanks to everyone in the welcome team who allowed us to sign in as non-booked guests.

We very much intend to return next year as usual.

Rev. Nicholas Morris
Northcote Lodge Preparatory School
Wandsworth Common, London
16 April 2018

This was my fourth visit to the Mandir and, as always, the warm and generous welcome we received from the staff left a very positive impression on both the pupils and teachers.

We arrived early and were very grateful for the unexpected opportunity to sit in on the Arti Ceremony. Thank you for this – and for the flexibility your staff showed in arranging it.

Thank you too for being willing to adapt your programme to the needs of our particular group. We numbered over 100 and so had arranged to divide up into three smaller groups and visit the Exhibition, Prayer Hall and Shop in a rota. This worked well – but only because your staff were willing to make sure we could begin our tour at the right time, when the Exhibition had emptied.

We very much hope to visit you annually, and look forward to doing so in 2019.

Rev. Robin Lapwood
Head of Religious Studies
Cokethorpe School
Witney, Oxfordshire
22 March 2018

Thank you to everyone at the Mandir for making us feel very welcome, as always. The children (and parents who accompanied the trip) are still talking about their visit.

Clare Oswald
Deputy Head Academic
Thomas’s Battersea
Wandsworth, London
20 March 2018

We had a most interesting trip to the Neasden temple in March. The service was excellent and we were well looked after by the staff. The pupils were very impressed by the peace and stillness in the temple area and throughout the building, and they loved the beautiful architecture in the great dome area. It was an uplifting trip.

Annette Morgan
Teacher of Sanskrit
St James Girls’ School
Olympia, London
20 March 2018

We are very much looking forward to coming again next week. The experience we had previously was wonderful and the students thoroughly enjoyed it. To the extent that, the rest of the Year 7 students are incredibly jealous and cannot wait to visit.

Mariam L’grindi
Head of RE
Fullbrook School
New Haw, Surrey
8 March 2018

Guides were all helpful and imparted lots of knowledge in an age appropriate manner. Our particular guide was lovely responding to questions and very positive in his feedback to us, which schools always appreciate.

The itinerary set which moves us from rooms for different parts of the day works well to keep concentration levels up.

Thank you, as always, we have been treated well and are grateful to all involved. It is wonderful that our pupils can visit such an amazing architectural structure and learn first hand about different religious customs.

Alexandra Burns
Head Teacher
Elangeni School
Amersham, Buckinghamshire
5 March 2018

We really enjoyed the experience, especially the invitation to the prayer. The boys have really been enjoying studying Hinduism and did in fact complete a project on Mahatma Gandhi. They were enormously proud of their achievements as they presented them to the class, but have also been fascinated by Rama and Sita and the theme in the Bhagavad Gita about the family and the testing of faith. Perhaps next time questions could be presented to the children on these topics so they can show you how much they have learnt and enjoyed looking at the Hindu faith and the marvellous ideas it has to offer us all.

Jan Christopher
Keble Prep School
Enfield, London
5 March 2018

I wanted to say that your talk was really good and I really hope that we can have you as our guide once more. I will be returning in the Autumn. 

Thanks once more for making the visit so special. I went and ate in the restaurant afterwards and have recommended it to the students. I will be returning with my vegetarian daughter who will love it.

Julia Weiner
Senior Lecturer in Art History
Regent’s University London
Regent’s Park, London
5 March 2018

Once again, it was another excellent visit which we all greatly enjoyed. The staff are all so pleasant, helpful and lovely to see each year. The Mandir is so welcoming and it is a real highlight of the year for the Year 6 children.

Now we have discovered the luncheon room that we can pre-book, that was the final piece in the jigsaw that needed sorting and we now have that in place.

Thank you for all your help in organising the visit which is so special. I have no further recommendations as the whole trip runs so smoothly.

The pupils enjoy the question and answer session and watching the DVD and the ceremony and sketching in the temple.

I will be sure to be booking again for February 2019.

Paul Morgan-Jones
Holmewood House Prep School
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
4 March 2018

As always, the visit was very interesting and informative. Coming from a very mono-cultural part of the country, we find the children gain a lot from the visit. It is a delight to see how awe-inspired they are by the Mandir. We feel privileged to be welcomed so warmly. I am always amazed at how tolerant worshippers are of the school parties.

Many thanks again for your generosity in welcoming us into the Mandir and explaining things for us.

Liz Jeary
Class Teacher
St. Andrew’s Junior School
Hatfield Peverel, Chelmsford
4 March 2018

The visit was marvellous as usual and the teachers and the children would like to thank the Temple organisation which facilitated the visit. The staff are always courteous and willing to share their experience with all the pupils who were visiting the Temple for the first time.

Once again thank you very much and we hope to organise another visit next school year.

Evelyne Hagg
Ecole Française de Londres Jacques Prévert
Hammersmith, London
27 February 2018

Thank you so very much for making our Year 5 pupils feel welcome when we came to visit 

Thank you all so much for another splendid visit to the Mandir. It was lovely to be back there amongst friends. The children learn so much from the experience in stunning surroundings and now that we have recently discovered the luncheon room, it all makes for a very fine educational experience. Please pass on my grateful thanks to all the wonderful staff who are so helpful and kind. The ceremony is stunning, exhibition excellent, the DVD very informative and the question/answer session both amusing and informative!!

I look forward to booking up for our 2019 visit, in the Autumn, for our visit in February 2019.

Paul Morgan-Jones
Senior Master
Holmewood House Prep School
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
8 February 2018

Thank you so very much for making our Year 5 pupils feel welcome when we came to visit the Mandir on Monday. They had a fantastic time, and it was so wonderful to hear their gasps of amazement as they walked from the prayer hall into the exhibition and then up to the central hall of worship.

I would also like to say thank you to our guide for supervising our visit and making sure that as many of the children’s questions were answered as possible. We do appreciate the way you make the Hindu faith accessible to the children.

We have been visiting your Mandir for 4 years and I have already requested permission to book the same educational visit for January 2019!

Three years ago, on the day of our visit, I had a phone call to say that my daughter had been rushed into hospital, and you and your staff were so thoughtful in the way you supported me during the morning. Your kindness was particularly touching.

Best wishes to you all and I look forward to bringing another group of children to visit BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir next year.

Jane Towns
RE Teacher
Bishop’s Strotford College Prep School
31 January 2018

I visited on January 11th (in the morning) with Middlesex University students as planned. The visit was a wonderful experience and the students found it very beneficial for their learning. Our host did such a lovely talk that was inspiring and uplifting as well as very informative. We would like to thank him and everyone there for making us all feel so warmly welcomed throughout our visit. 

Liz Beasley
Senior Lecturer in Education (Practice)
Middlesex University
The Boroughs, London
15 January 2018