A SCHOOL served up a traditional British meal when teachers from across Europe came to lunch.
Oakleigh Gardens School, in Cleadon, played host to 15 teachers from Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Turkey and Spain.
The visit was part of a Comenius project, which is funded by the British Council for Learning and aims to develop knowledge and understanding among pupils and education staff of the diversity of European cultures.
The visitors are spending nearly a week getting to know staff and pupils from the school for children with severe learning difficulties.
The teachers were also treated to a classic roast beef dinner, followed by crumble and custard.
Teacher Ken Finn said: “I think we’ve made some fantastic long-term friendships.
“Everyone has enjoyed their time here and it’s been great to see them interacting with the kids and learning about the special education provisions in our country.
“They all said they loved the beef dinner as well. They thought it was great.”
Pupils at the school had already begun to get to know pupils in their partner schools through the use of video conferences set up by Mr Finn.
Mr Finn said: “We have had a number of video conferences with Spain, Poland and Czech Republic so far.
“The pupils have greeted each other, sang songs and learnt a bit about each others Christmas traditions.
“Using video conferencing to create links is important as it is a more immediate medium than emailing for our pupils, as they can see the person they are talking to.”
The project entitled Music Bridges is using musical traditions of each partner country as the focus of the activity.
During their stay in England, the European visitors were meeting the Mayor of South Tyneside at a civic reception in the Town Hall, be treated to a North East songs workshop, and a cultural tour of the area.