St Oswald’s welcomes visitors from Nimes

Our French visitors arrived to a warm welcome from their host families and after a good night’s rest, came into school for a day of mixed activities with Year 5. They enjoyed dodge ball and bench ball with Mrs Cookson, dance to Mamma Mia with Richard Wood, Art with Mrs Winter , a quiz around Longton local area with Mrs Powell and Mrs Quilliam. A great day was had by all.

Tuesday evening was great fun with our Bingo Fun Night!

Wednesday – trip to the Lakes with Year 6

We studied the work of the author Beatrix Potter and met some of her most popular characters. After shopping in some of the local shops we walked down to Lake Windermere to board the steam ship to cruise across the lake. After lunch and the blowing out of the birthday cake candles, we enjoyed a tour around the Aquarium of the Lakes where we were able to feed and handle some typically British animals. After more shopping we boarded the coach back to school ready for an evening organised by the families.

On Thursday, the next destination was Southport by the sea with year 5. We had a walk around the town, a visit to the museum to see exhibitions by L S Lowry and the Egyptians,  had fun dressing up in some Victorian clothes with help from the museum staff who were wonderful. Refreshments and a chance to chat with our French friends were provided for all in the shopping mall.   The weather was very kind to us except for a biting wind which we battled against on our walk back to the Bowling Alley. We were put into mixed groups before enjoying an afternoon’s bowling and a buffet lunch. The children all joined in and had a fantastic time getting to know their friends and improving their French/English vocabulary.

Thursday evening included a very lively disco after we had presented each other with gifts.

The time passed very quickly and we were soon waving goodbye to our new friends and wishing them Bon Voyage until we meet them again on our return trip to Nimes in June.

A very big thankyou to all the host families for their kind generosity and time, without whom the exchange visit would not have been possible.

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