International project fun as Spilsby students welcome overseas guests

STUDENTS from a Spilsby school and others from across Europe recently enjoyed taking part in a week long international partnership.

The Lady Jane Franklin School welcomed a number of students from Turkey, Slovakia, Italy, France and Austria last week as part of its Comenius project.

“We began back in June 2010 where I was contacted by a colleague from Italy who I had met on a school twinning meeting in Sweden in 2009,” said Phil Vickers, teacher at Lady Jane Franklin.

“He suggested participation in a Comenius project, which is a school partnership scheme run in this country by the British Council, but funded with EU money,” he added.

The school completed a lengthy joint application with each partner school. The British Council then “scored” applications, which Spilsby gained by being a special school, in an area of rural deprivation in a target area of the country.

“The project was named TALEC - Thinking and Acting Like a European Citizen, so the aims of the project were established through the name and involved work in Citizenship and Humanities,” continued Mr Vickers.

Students and staff at the school have visited Foggia, Italy as part of the project as well as Liptovsky Mikulas in Slovakia, amd Toulouse in October 2011.

There were also plans for a trip to Austria which was cancelled due to the weather.

The final visit, where the school tied everything together and prepared their final report, was in Spilsby.

During their stay, the students enjoyed presentations, workshops, artwork, visits to Lincoln cathedral, Gibraltar Point and Batemans Brewery, and had dinner at the Vine Hotel, Ghandi restaurant. All the international students stayed at Southview Park Hotel.