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Schools cement link across the globe with Lottery boost

Osbournby Primary School and a school in Australia have formed a link across the world which will be strengthened thanks to the National Lottery.

The Osbournby school has formed ties with Bass Valley Primary School in Victoria, Australia. Both are located in rural areas and share a common link that will now be explored thanks to the Lottery funding.

Osbournby Primary has been involved in one of the villages in its catchment area, Aswarby, which has been exploring the life of George Bass as part of its Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant which has also helped fund repairs to the village church of St Denys’.

George Bass was born in Aswarby in 1771, became a naval surgeon and travelled with the Royal Navy to Australia at the age of 24. While in Australia he explored and mapped some of the coastline, and on one journey with another Lincolnshire sailor, Matthew Flinders, proved that Tasmania was an island. The stretch of water between mainland Australia and Tasmania was named “Bass Strait” in his honour.

A two-hour drive along the mainland coast from Melbourne is the area called Bass, again named after George, from one of his exploration trips.

Last year pupils from Osbournby Primary walked to Aswarby to learn about his life. This year, with the help of Aswarby’s HLF committee, and through their links and support from the Bass Valley Historical Society, a link-up between Osbournby Primary and Bass Valley Primary has been made.

This month Bridgette Burn, headteacher of Osbournby Primary School, played host to Leanne Edwards, principal of Bass Valley Primary School, who was in the UK for a holiday with her husband. Mr and Mrs Edwards also visited Aswarby to see St Denys’ Church where George Bass was baptised and to meet the representatives of the village’s HLF committee.

Bridgette said: “This is a marvellous opportunity for pupils and teachers in both schools to learn about each other’s country, customs, history, traditions and ways of life – and what it’s like living on the other side of the world.”

Leanne said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Bass Valley Primary School which will not only benefit students with knowledge of a different country and culture, but will also provide opportunities for staff to share best practice in literacy and numeracy.”


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