PUPILS and staff of Frodsham Manor House Primary School have given a big welcome to visitors from Ghana.
The three teachers and 10 children aged eight to 12 from Frodsham’s partner school in Accra flew over to the UK last week to be warmly greeted by cheering children from host families.
The visit has been made possible via a series of donations, fundraisers and grants totalling nearly £10,000.
So far the children have taken part in a welcome assembly, rehearsed for a school production, visited classes, visited Helsby High School’s cultural week, worked with artist Patricia Lee on a commissioned glass mosaic sculpture, spent a day at Camelot theme park and have taken part in Frodsham Methodist Church’s Sunday family service, to which they wore their traditional cultural outfits.
With their families, they have enjoyed visits to Delamere Forest, Castle Park, Chester Zoo and Northgate Arena.
This week, they have taken part in the school’s annual mock wedding and took a tour of Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium.
They also enjoyed a visit from local Olympic torch-bearer Joe Beswick before teaching Frodsham pupils playground games from Ghana in a sporting afternoon.
They also visited the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool and had fun in three sold-out performances of the annual school musical production.
Project leader Naomi Anstice said: “The school is buzzing with excitement and it is lovely to see all the children working together and learning from each other about the differences and similarities in cultures.
“In fact, the first playtime staff looked around the playground to see all ages playing together with basketball, football, circle games, playground equipment, clapping games and the traditional game of Ampe all in evidence.
“Our visitors have very much become part of our school family and we expect lots of tears from adults and children as we say goodbye.”