Our partner school from St Cyr, near Poitiers in France visited us 26th to 31st March.
We have been lucky to visit their school twice with our Year 6s and will be doing the same again later this year.
We've always enjoyed a very warm welcome in St Cyr, so now it was our turn.
It was a very successful meeting between our children and their French counterparts, and the two schools' staff members as well.
There was a packed programme of activities:
On Monday: Welcome and guided to our school, snack time, Making 'fortune tellers' and a guided walk around the village, including an Easter egg hunt.
Tuesday: Our guests visited Blenheim Palace and Oxford.
Wednesday: Windsor Castle, including Change of the Guard.
Thursday: Whole school assembly, cricket practice, a visit to 'The Plough' and the village shop, school lunch then a carousel of activities including 'English Tea', various games and singing. Finally in the evening, a social event for the children and families, including Mr Drury's jackpot Bingo.
Special thanks must go to the families who accommodated some of the French children for two nights of their stay.
Our Year 6 children are now very excited at the prospect of seeing their friends again when we visit them in June.
Thursday Activities in School:
Sadly it's time to say farewell to all our friends after such a superb week.
There will be more pictures and videos here soon, but for now look at for the article about the exchange in Friday's Swindon Advertiser.
This article was reviewed on BBC Wiltshire by Dr Harriet Marshall, educationalist, writer and National Leader for the South West of the Global Learning Programme. She followed a review of a story about changes to SATs and pressures on school children with the comments you can hear below:
Wednesday Windsor Castle:
A short clip of 'Changing of the Guard'
Sunday & Monday:
The video below shows arrival at PGL on Sunday evening (after a long day on trains and coach), arrival at school Monday morning, a tour around the school with their penpals, singing and dancing to our theme for the visit 'Happy', a wedding procession and finally a walk around the village in the afternoon.