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In May, twenty-one students from our partner schools in Germany, Italy and Austria came over to Winchester as part of the Comenius project. The ongoing project lasts two years and is aimed at teaching Henry Beaufort students and our European partners the positive reasons to lead a healthy lifestyle. Our students and their families kindly played hosts to each of the visiting students.
The first of the activities began with a trip to the Woodmill Activity Centre to enjoy a day of outdoor adventure. This included canoeing, kayaking, raft building, high ropes and climbing. It gave the opportunity for all pupils to get to know each other and break down any language barriers.
The second day was based at Henry Beaufort where pupils shared the work they have been doing based around national sporting events. Mr Walker and Mrs Langridge then took the pupils through a task that looked at how much exercise someone would have to do to work off the calories from a Big Mac meal! In the afternoon Mr Hill and Miss Wilson helped the pupils teach each other their national sports. Henry Beaufort pupils taught cricket, the Italian pupils taught volleyball, while the German and Austrians pupils taught a special type of volleyball that their students play a lot at school.
Day three was a day for the European pupils to experience exactly what it means to be a teenager living in Winchester and going to Henry Beaufort. In the morning pupils went to lessons alongside their host pupils. After that, pupils and staff walked down to Winchester City Centre. There was a chance for pupils to have free time to shop and see the sights of Winchester before pupils came back to Henry Beaufort to show the parents the work they has done the previous day and enjoy a meal of fish and chips! By now, pupil from all four schools had formed close bonds which we hope will stay with them throughout their lives.
The final day was spent in London where they visited Stamford Bridge and took a tour of their football museum and the stadium. Pupils enjoyed the tour especially as they were able to sit at the managers’ table and hold a press conference of their own! Then it was off to Buckingham Palace where they had lunch in St James Park and took a walking tour of London seeing sights such as Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament.
The end of the visit was celebrated with a trip on the London Eye. After a tearful goodbye, it was time to head back to Henry Beaufort to plan the next Comenius visit in Vienna next year.
All the pupils and staff worked extremely hard to ensure an enjoyable week for the European pupils. However, the biggest thank you must go to the parents and families who hosted our partners and made their stay unforgettable.