AN international note was sounded in Sunderland as pupils welcomed European visitors to their school.
Eco-friendly children at Highfield Primary School welcomed guests from schools in Spain, Cyprus, Italy and Northern Ireland when they hosted a European environmental project.
The visitors were treated to a performance of a song about the environment, penned by pupils and performed by the school’s rock band, Highfield Heroes.
They also took part in a garden makeover project in the school grounds, carried out a litter pick with Gentoo and took a trip to O’Brien’s waste disposal to show what happens to the litter and garden waste collected.
The school is one of a number encouraged to explore international issues as part of its curriculum.
Headteacher Simon Marshall said: “Our children have really been working hard on this project and we are delighted that becoming involved has helped our school develop such close links with schools from across Europe.
“With the help of our community partners, we were able to show our guests how important sustainability and the environment is to us.”
The British Council-backed sustainable education project has earned the school an International Schools Awards Certificate,
Keith Moore, Sunderland City Council’s head of children’s services, said: “It is fantastic that young people from Highfield Primary School welcomed friends from around the world.
“The experience pupils have through projects like this plays an important part in preparing them both for the world of work and to to play their part as citizens.”
The project is part-funded under the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programme.
In Sunderland, the project has successfully brought schools and community partners such as Gentoo and the environmental charity Groundwork North East together to work with counterparts across Europe to study and investigate environmental issues such as sustainable transport and recycling.
During their trip, the group also visited Sunderland Winter Gardens and Museum, the National Glass Centre and Durham Cathedral.