John Paul kids are no longer Poles apart!

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PUPILS from John Paul II Primary in Viewpark had some extra special guests when they hosted a visit from their partner school in Poland.

The visit by pupils from the John Paul II Primary in the Polish town of Twardogora was the latest in a series of exchanges which have taken place since the partnership was set up in 2006 to mark the opening of John Paul II PS in Viewpark following the merger of St Gabriel’s and St Columba’s Primaries.

Since then Viewpark pupils have twice visited Poland while last week was the second time Twardogora youngsters had come to Lanarklshire.

The exchange mainly involved P7 pupils hosting a variety of activites for their Polish counterparts with P5 Viewpark pupil Olivia Czerwinska putting her Polish roots to good use by acting as interpreter.

One of the highlights was a special mass to mark the visit and the Twardogora pupils also donned traditonal national dress and gave a demonstration of traditional Polish dancing.

The pupils also worked together on ICT and musical activities while a number of trips were arranged to tourist attractions and places of interest, including Motherwell Civic Centre where they met the new North Lanarkshire Provost James Robertson, Summerlee Heritage Centre and Glasgow where they enjoyed an open top bus tour.

Headteacher Margaret Brady said both the latest visit and the ongoing partnership had proven a great success.

She said: “We were delighted to welcome the pupils and staff from Twardagora, Poland.

“This partnership has provided excellent opportunities for both schools to visit each country and experience school life in a different setting.”

More pictures in June 6 edition of Times & Speaker.