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ERASMUS+ trip to Finland

Posted on: 20/04/2018

The final trip of our Erasmus+ project on Inclusion with our partner schools from Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy and Spain took place in March 2018.

Mrs West-Symes and Mrs De Vivo accompanied Christabel Boatemaa of Year 9 and Simon Arciuch, Jack Brown, Imogen Handley, Alejandro Ito Aramendia and Kai Patel, all of Year 10, to stay with students from our partner school, Hämeekylän Koulu, which is near Helsinki, the capital city of Finland.

We braved snow, ice and temperatures of -8 degrees to spend a very enjoyable week learning about the Finnish school system, which is very different from ours, and taking part in workshops, lessons, a sightseeing trip to Helsinki, a visit to the Finnish Science Museum (where, amongst other things, we saw basketball-playing rats!), a trip to a professional floorball match (a five-a-side indoor hockey game) and a wonderful visit to Fazer, the world-famous Finnish chocolatier, where we were allowed to eat as much chocolate as we could!  And, needless to say, we ate loads!

The students thoroughly enjoyed the week and have made new friends from all around Europe.

The project has been a marvellous experience with over 50 students from our school taking part in the various events that began with a trip to Hamburg in Germany in January 2016.  We have developed strong relationships with all our partner schools and hope to work with them for several years to come.

To this end, a bid for a new project has just been submitted to the British Council, the UK agency for Erasmus+.  If the bid is successful, it will give the opportunity for yet more of our students to travel abroad, host visiting students in their homes and learn about different cultures and customs across Europe.

If you are interested in taking part in Erasmus+, please contact Mrs West-Symes at the school.

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