Stedham children get a taste of Thailand


PUPILS at Stedham Primary School have been enjoying a taste of Eastern culture.

It came courtesy of The Mudita Trust which raises funds to help get children off the streets in Thailand.

Based at the village pub the Hamilton Arms it is headed by the owner Mudita Karnasuta who has raised thousands of pounds for the charity over almost two decades.

The money has been raised through Eastern cultural fund raising festivals and thousands have attended them at the former Grange in Midhurst and at the Hamilton Arms itself in Stedham.

Mudita and her staff spent a day in school working with every child. Supported by school staff and parent volunteers, the children were taught a variety of dancing, craft and cookery skills. The school was filled with the delicious smell of Thai food as every child prepared and cooked vegetable wontons. Children were taught a traditional Thai dance which culminated in a group dance.

Traditional Thai fans were painted and the children were also impressed by their visitors who carved flowers from carrots.

Headteacher Sally Dreckmann said: “We are very grateful to Mudita and her staff.

“This kind of day enables our children to experience skills and learn beyond the national curriculum. It helps us to establish strong links with our community.“