A SOUTH African headteacher had his first experience of snow when he came to visit Ruabon.
Ysgol Rhiwabon was visited by Luvuyo Ngubelanga, head at Kwamfundo Senior Secondary School in Khayelitisha, a township outside Cape Town.
Margaret Morgan, a former president of the National Association of Headteachers, invited the school to forge links with the South African institute in 2003, an opportunity welcomed by Ysgol Rhiwabon head Peter Shaw.
Last summer assistant headteacher Mark Leather spent some time in South Africa visiting Kwamfundo High School and other educational establishments in the area.
On his return, Mark spoke to his colleagues about his experiences and they were so enthused they decided Luvuyo should be invited back to Ysgol Rhiwabon.
The British Council agreed to support the project and as a result Luvuyo was able to enjoy his first journey out of South Africa, hosted by Ysgol Rhiwabon.
During his two weeks, he visited lessons, met pupils and spoke to the Rotary Club and in school assemblies.
The next phase sees Ysgol Rhiwabon's head of English, Melanie Ferron-Evans, make the journey out to South Africa.
Mrs Ferron-Evans is co-ordinating a project which will see the pupils of both schools combining to produce a joint book of poetry. More staff and students' exchange visits are also being considered.
'To link with another school is a fantastic experience for both sets of students and staff,' said Mr Shaw.
'We have big plans for our project and Luvuyo's visit here is just the beginning.
'It is currently more than 30 C in Cape Town while over here temperatures have been around zero.
'However, the smile on Luvuyo's face remained broad throughout.'
Luvuyo said: 'This link between our two schools is so wonderful and stands to benefit my students and staff.
'Mr Leather's visit to Cape Town must have helped his professional development. My visit to Ysgol Rhiwabon and the surrounding area fulfils my own professional growth plan and also re-orientates my approach to my work.
'I am very grateful to Peter Shaw, his colleagues and the students for their good work in making the project a reality. Beyond my visit, there is so much planned for the future.
'Seeing young pupils throwing snowballs at each other and the area white with snow is something I will always remember as I have never seen it before. I look forward to more staff and hopefully students visiting us in South Africa and in turn I hope my students get the chance to see new things here, too.'