A postcard sent by a pupil while on holiday in Devon to her school in Ancaster only arrived after it was mistakenly delivered to Australia.
Phoebe Duggan sent the card as part of a project in which pupils were asked to send cards from their holiday destinations.
But somehow the card was diverted thousands of miles to the other side of the world. Luckily, pupils at the school where it was delivered, Doncaster Primary School in Melbourne, sent it on together with the gift of a book.
In a note with the card, the Australian school said: “We were delighted to have received a postcard from a student at your school, mistakenly delivered to our school, Doncaster Primary School in suburban Melbourne, capital city of Victoria, Australia. We are a multicultural government school of 550 pupils. We have enclosed greetings from some of our students who have nearly completed their first year at school.”
Ancaster school headteacher Sam Eden said that by coincidence Phoebe was currently in ‘Class Australia’. Mr Eden said: “All classes take on a different country from around the world to celebrate cultural diversity and this happy coincidence has provided much talk amongst the school community. We think that is absolutely fantastic. Phoebe is delighted also and has not stopped smiling since learning of the news.”
Mr Eden added: “We are planning on asking our Foundation Stage pupils to write back directly as well as the children in Class Australia (Year 3/4) also establishing a link with this school. We are hoping to send them a book about our country, too, so that we return the favour.”