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Jarrow school joins an EU culture club

VISIT ... teachers from Europe at Jarrow Town Hall with South Tyneside Mayor Eileen Leask, during their visit hosted by St Matthews RC Primary School.

VISIT ... teachers from Europe at Jarrow Town Hall with South Tyneside Mayor Eileen Leask, during their visit hosted by St Matthews RC Primary School.

A JARROW school acted as a cultural host for teachers from across mainland Europe.

St Matthew’s RC Primary School in Alnwick Grove took part in the Comenius Project, which supports cultural and educational exchanges.

Teachers from Germany, Italy, Spain and Turkey enjoyed visits to places of local interest, including Jarrow Town Hall, Bede’s World, Jarrow, and Durham Cathedral.

Headteacher Martin Humble said: “In July 2012, St Matthew’s School was told by the British Council that it had been successful in its application for funding to be part of a Comenius Project, entitled ‘Cultural heritage reflected in our home towns,’ together with schools from Germany, Italy, Spain and Turkey.

“The Comenius Programme is a European Union educational project which aims to help young people and educational staff better understand the range of European cultures, languages and values.

“The multilateral partnerships also enable staff and students in the UK to work together with partners in other Comenius-eligible countries for the duration of the two-year partnership.”

Mr Humble added: “This exciting project further enhances the opportunities for all pupils in our ‘outstanding’ school.”

Other parts of the exchange week included a trip to Holy Island, Northumberland, lunch at Colmans fish and chip restaurant in South Shields and a trip to Newcastle.

The Jarrow school exchange concluded with an evening at The Lakeside pub, near the Fellgate Estate, Jarrow.

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