Ten Hungarian students accompanied by two of their teachers enjoyed a visit to Walton Girls’ High School and Sixth Form earlier this month.
The pupils were from Walton’s Hungarian partner school, Bocskai István Gimnázium, situated in the town of Hajdúböszörmény in the east of Hungary.
The visitors stayed with host families for five days, during which they joined in with lessons and completed tasks in Grantham to practise their English skills.
They also enjoyed visits to Belton House and Harlaxton Manor, where they took part in a workshop and were treated to a tour.
Anett Szarbo, English as an additional language co-ordinator at Walton, said: “This exciting programme has provided both our students and our Hungarian guests a fantastic opportunity to learn about another country and culture – students all certainly enjoyed getting to know each other”.
The project introduces participating students and staff to new cultures and languages, and helps to reinforce essential values. The partner schools have already hugely benefited and will keep benefiting from this partnership by gaining a wide spectrum of cultural, learning and teaching experience.
Hungarian student, Eszter, said after the visit: “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to visit Walton. It showed me a totally new world in the education system. I loved the whole environment, the school, the girls and the teachers as well. It was a huge experience and I hope in the near future I will be able to visit Grantham again. Thank you for the accommodation and the warm welcome.”
Walton are planning to return the visit in the first term of the 2015/16 school year, as well as students and staff taking part in a European week with schools from Germany and Poland.