STUDENTS danced, baked and even learnt Russian as they welcomed children living under the shadow of a massive nuclear disaster.
Students at Upton-by-Chester High School welcomed children from Belarus, which received over 70% of the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear explosion in April 1986, and spent the day making friends and learning about each other’s cultures.
Before the visit the students, who are members of the school’s Chernobyl Aid Action Team, held a fundraising day selling home made cakes and bracelets while encouraging pupils across the school to watch a short video and learn about the disaster.
And one of the students researched Russian phrases and delivered a lesson for members of the action team.
During the visit the children, who are all in remission from cancer, took part in Science and Design Technology classes, before enjoying a specially cooked meal and enjoying dance sessions led by the school’s dance leaders.
During the visit the students read bilingual books and visited Manchester United and the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry before enjoying a farewell party at the Bishops House in Chester.
June Banford, Chairperson of Chester, Ellesmere Port and Deeside Link for Chernobyl Children’s Life Line praised the school for their hardwork, saying: “As always Upton-by-Chester High School provided our children, all in remission from cancer, with a super day. We danced, took part in science lessons, made keyrings, had a home cooked meal and a tour of the excellent facilities. We left an enormous cheque raised by the school.”