Visitor Opinions – Schools (2007)

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Children commented on the sense of peace, calmness and friendliness of everyone. They also noted how well kept everything was. Thank you for another inspiring visit. We hope to see you again next year.

Daphne Dru
Carrington Junior School
11 July 2007

Thank you very much for welcoming us to the Mandir and treating us kindly and respectfully. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and have recommended to other schools.

Marina Abreu
Willow Tree Primary School
2 July 2007

Another fantastic visit! It has proved to be a life changing experience for many of our students. Look forward to booking again!!

Lorna John
Coulsdon High School
21 June 2007

The children really enjoyed the visit. The staff and volunteers were very helpful and well organised enabling us to have a very calm and successful trip. I will recommend the trip to future year groups. Thank you for your time.

Laura Hester
Polehampton Church of England Junior School
21 June 2007

Thank you so much for looking after us all so well when we visited your temple on Tuesday. The children found the whole experience fascinating and were bowled over by the beautiful surroundings.

G. B. Hobern
Prior Park Preparatory School
19 June 2007

The Mandir is clearly a place of worship yet is able to welcome school groups in a friendly professional manner.

P. J. Sage
Benenden School
12 June 2007

Thank you for making our visit to the Mandir such a success. Our students enjoyed the talk, presentation and video on Hinduism and the encouragement of our speaker to ask questions. The highlight of our visit was the Darshan and Arti which allowed them to experience the meaning and beauty of Hindu worship. Finally the Hinduism Exhibition gave them the opportunity to find out more about the Hindu faith. I shall look forward to our next visit.

Kathy Rees
St. Mary’s Hall School
11 June 2007

As always, a truly inspiring experience. I’ve been bringing the year six class here for four years now and each new group that comes here has the same reaction – “Wow!!” to the beautiful building.

Mrs Withey
Beech Hyde Primary School
11 June 2007

I was lucky enough to visit yesterday with the students and I would just like to say how wonderful your Mandir is. It is a beautiful sight to behold and, as a place of worship, very serene.

Mrs Phillips
Samuel Ward Arts and Technology College
7 June 2007

Students enjoyed the visit and found it inspirational.

Paul Folland
The Highfield School
6 June 2007

Many children were moved by the beauty of the Mandir. In their reports they stated that they would like to bring their parents there!

Lorna John
Coulsdon High School
10 May 2007

It was a really fantastic visit enjoyed by all adults and children. The children were amazed by the Mandir and found it a calming, introspective experience. We would definitely come again.

Jane Clayton
Winter Gardens Junior School
26 March 2007

The children really enjoyed their morning. They thought it was an amazing building and were particularly impressed by the prayer hall and all the amazing carvings. They learnt a lot through their visit.

Rosalyn Brooks
Little Ealing Primary School
20 March 2007

Very interesting and informative visit. We could not have achieved even a fraction of this first in our classroom.

D. Nelhams
Bishop Perrin Church of England Primary School
13 March 2007

It was a perfect day, helpful to our students. Thank you! Excellent preparation for their GCSE exams. We will return again next year.

Bruce Kinsey
The Perse School
9 March 2007

Children loved the colours and decoration and using the worksheets helped them find facts.

Sophie Frommholz
The Hermitage Junior School
8 March 2007

Many students found the visit very beneficial. Some were surprised. It was their experience in the Mandir which prompted them to reflect on their knowledge of faith practices different from their own.

Janet Monahan
University of Hertfordshire
7 March 2007

This is our third visit and we always love it. We attended the aarti ceremony for the first time this year and found it very interesting. We will definitely do the same next year.

Barbara Ruben
North London Collegiate School
6 March 2007

We always value our time at the Mandir. It is an oasis of calm in the midst of a busy term. Always we are made to feel welcome and wanted guests. Thank you.

Mrs Anna Campbell
St. Swithun’s School
6 March 2007

We had a wonderful day that gave the children a true insight into the religion and culture of Hinduism.

Simon Underhill
The William Hogarth School
28 February 2007

Very enjoyable; children were very lucky to have the experience. Made me think about spiritual matters and helped increase my understanding of the Hindu faith.

Jo West
Ashmount Primary School
28 February 2007

We felt very honoured and welcome throughout. What a beautiful temple. The children really have some remarkable memories.

Alice Dixon
Boxgrove Primary School
22 February 2007

We have been visiting the Mandir for several years now and this was the best organisation of activities yet. Prayer hall, exhibition, then puja ceremony, lecture, gift shop and lunch. Excellent. Thank you very much.

Elaine Stamford
Roysia Middle School
21 February 2007

This is the 9th visit with a school party and as always we had an excellent time. Pupils and staff never fail to be impressed with the temple and the staff couldn’t be more welcoming, helpful and informative. See you next year!

Sian Davies
Porthcawl Comprehensive School
15 February 2007

The Mandir was so beautiful and in such a good state of upkeep that all our party was impressed.

E. Hayward
Old Palace School of John Whitgift
13 February 2007

My pupils were delighted. Their lessons were reflected in the Mandir. This visit stimulated their studies back in the classroom to continue exploration and investigation of Hinduism. Respect was given by my pupils and was returned by staff.

Mrs J. Lyons
Shoreham College
West Sussex
7 February 2007

The students were impressed by the friendly and peaceful atmosphere. It really opened their eyes to a religion and culture which few of them had experienced before. Thank you.
Our students found the exhibition straightforward and easy to follow. They were fully absorbed finding the answers to the worksheets!

Fiona Barker
The Judd School
7 February 2007

Thank you for your hospitality. We all learned a lot about Hinduism and were impressed by your splendid mandir. I hope we will come again.

Malcolm Shaw
Sunninghill Preparatory School
6 February 2007

It is a long way for us to come with our children (6-7), but always worth the visit.

S. Walker
Herington House School
5 February 2007

As always our students were overwhelmed by the beauty of the mandir. The organisation was very good and made my job much easier. Once again we were given a really warm welcome, great hospitality and kindness. See you next year! It is a long way for us to come but so worthwhile.

Lesley McCreadie
The Gryphon School
30 January 2007

Thank you from myself and my colleague for an excellent day; very informative and as always a relaxing experience!.

Keith Cawsey
Wimbledon High School
29 January 2007

Children had a fantastic day. They enjoyed every minute of the trip and were amazed by the beauty of it! Both the adults and children thought it was an amazing building. Children found the worship part very exciting and learn a great deal from being there in person!

Jakera Kamali
St. Matthias CE School
26 January 2007

The students were very impressed with the beauty and faith of the Hindu people. They said they had the most rewarding experience ever!

Stefanie Giess
Southbank International School
24 January 2007

We were greeted in a very welcoming manner and were made to feel part of the community. A very peaceful, pleasant, informative experience. Thank you.

Samantha Pereira
Crawley Ridge School
18 January 2007

I felt that the preparation you put into receiving our school was wonderful; you kept us informed of every part of our visit.

Mags Dyke
Hayes Park School
16 January 2007

I recently brought a group of 20 pupils from Lytchett Minster School to visit your beautiful Mandir. I would like to thank you for your hospitality and for making us feel so welcome. I especially express my thanks for allowing us to view the arti ceremony. Pupils really thought this was fantastic and will probably be something that they will never experience again. A lot of our pupils have never been in a place of worship before, so our visit to your Mandir was a really fantastic and eye opening opportunity for them. The trip really brought Hinduism to life for our pupils and provided them with an invaluable insight and I hope to visit the Mandir with another group of pupils next year.
Being able to observe the arti ceremony was a really fantastic opportunity and we really appreciate your openness and hospitality.
Exhibition was good for pupils to see how tolerant Hinduism is and how much of western civilisation has been influenced by India.
Once again, thank you for all your help and your hospitality.

Gemma L. Bugden
Lytchett Minster School
15 January 2007