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German students welcomed at mayor's parlour

Mayor welcomes pupils to the parlour

Mayor welcomes pupils to the parlour

Pupils from a Rhondda secondary school and visiting students from Germany were welcomed to the Mayor’s parlour during an exchange visit to the county borough.

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Mayor, Cllr Ann Crimmings, greeted pupils from Ferndale Community School and their guests from Grosse Schule Wolfunbuttel.

During their stay in Wales, the visiting students took part in lessons including local history, RE and Welsh, to gain a deeper understanding of Wales’s cultural heritage. They joined Ferndale pupils to experience activities such as making Welsh Cakes, Folk Dancing and Drama.

The students spent the week living with local families and took the opportunity to visit Cardiff, whilst the staff visited the waterfalls in the Neath Valley. The young people also visited St Fagan’s Museum and participated in a team-building evening at a climbing centre, which allowed pupils to bond further as well as expanding their communication skills.

“Twinning has friendship and understanding at its heart. Exchanges like this allow young people to make friends with their European neighbours and gain a mutual understanding of each other’s cultures,” said Cllr Crimmings.

“A great time was had by all involved, and it is hoped that the link with Wolfenbuttel can be developed further over the coming years.”

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