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Ferryhill school's link with overseas school
YOUNGSTERS at a Ferryhill school broadened their horizons when teachers travelled more than 5,000 miles to take their lessons.
Two members of staff from a school in Weligama, in Sri Lanka, spent a week at Cleves Cross Primary School, in Ferryhill, as part of a project that links the two schools.
Through the connecting classrooms grant from the British Council, Cleves Cross paired up with compatriots in Weligama to develop global awareness among children and enable staff to share teaching and learning styles.
The two visitors spent a week observing lessons, teaching children how to count to ten in Sinhala and telling traditional stories from Sri Lanka.
They also socialised after school enjoying barbeques, bowling and fish and chips at the beach and cultural visits included Durham Cathedral and Hartlepool Marina.
Headteacher Alison Lazenby said: “Cleves Cross are looking forward to continuing to develop the partnership between their school further with more visits in the future.
“It is important to expand children’s experiences and cultural awareness and valuable to staff.”
Next month two teachers from Cleves Cross, Angela Hilton and Jonathan Hornsby, will travel to Sri Lanka.
The school will also receive an International School Award from the British Council for a second time, at a ceremony in Newcastle, on October 16.
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