THERE has been a twinning event with a difference at Plaistow when youngsters from a London school travelled to leafy West Sussex.
The rural Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School entertained children from their namesake in East London when Selwyn Primary School pupils from urban Plaistow came for a unique twinning visit.
Plaistow and Kirdford children were delighted to welcome their visitors over a period of several days at the end of October and the beginning of November and show them something of the rural area where they live.
“The school has tried to forge a link with a similar school in ‘the other Plaistow’ for some years now and have finally succeeded in developing such a link with Selwyn Primary School in Plaistow, Newham, East London,” said Justine Ayres, administrate assistant at the Plaistow and Kirdford school.
Children from year groups 1 to 6 came to spend a few hours at the school in Plaistow, West Sussex.
The children played various ‘meet and greet’ games and were given a tour of the school by their peers.
“The visitors were particularly excited about the playing field and the other outdoor facilities available,” said Justine.
“When the Year 6 group visited, a huge game of 20-a-side football took place on the field.
“After a shared lunch, the visitors were all taken on a walk around the village, a look at our one and only village shop, Plaistow Stores, and a stroll through the woods.”
Pip Fairweather, the acting headteacher, and Julia Powell, the Year 6 teacher, are now arranging for a group of Plaistow and Kirdford classes to make return visits to East London in the summer term.
“These future visits will also include a tour of the area surrounding Selwyn Primary School,” said Justine, “enabling our pupils to make a clear comparison between the two localities.
“Everyone hugely enjoyed meeting people from a very different part of the country and the children were quickly able to overcome many differences and forge new friendships. It was lovely for all the children and adults to meet one another and find we had so much in common and could learn so much from one another.
“We are very hopeful that this is the start of a wonderful friendship between the two schools.”