An Ellesmere Port high school held a reunion to mark the culmination of a two year social media project involving collaboration with schools in mainland Europe.
The Whitby High School was successful in applying for funding from the British Council to take part in a European project with schools from the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Germany and Spain.
During the project six students from the Sycamore Drive school have visited each of the four countries to work on a project about social media and education highlighting the threats and opportunities that social media can bring.
The visits have provided the students with a chance to compare how social media is used as a teaching and learning aid in different countries and schools as well as offering an insight into different cultures.
The first visit took place in Spain in November 2014 and was a huge success with students staying with host families and embracing the Spanish culture.
The week ended with an exhibition of their work and an international presentation evening.
Two years on Whitby High hosted the final exchange of the project with students arriving from the partner schools across the Channel.
Students along with their parents met the visiting teenagers at either Manchester or Liverpool Airport and made their partners feel welcome in their homes.
A week of events followed including visits, a welcome meeting with Whitby High head Bryn Heeley, a tour of the school, trips to Chester Zoo and Liverpool Hope University, a tour of Manchester United Football Club and a visit to the Trafford Centre.
Many of the visits involved activities requiring the use the use of social media.
The project closed with a presentation and a final speech from Mr Heeley thanking everyone for making the initiative so successful.
This was followed by a dinner in a local restaurant attended by all the students, staff and parents who had taken part in the collaboration.
A spokesperson said: “It was great to see how friendships had developed over the week and to see the students interacting with one another in such a meaningful way.”
Departure day is said to have provided ‘the perfect opportunity for reflection on the great week we had together’.
“It also provided us with the realism that the entire project had come to a close. We have learnt a lot over the past two years and the project has been really useful in developing our understanding of social media and how it can be used successfully,” added the school.