Staines Prep Proudly Represent Spelthorne in 20th Anniversary Celebrations

29 May 2012

Twelve Year 5 pupils representing Staines Prep accompanied the Mayor of Spelthorne, Councillor Sam Budd, and other European officials to Melun in France on the 6 May – 14 May. The visit marked the 20th anniversary of the twinning of the two towns and celebrated their annual European Week.

The Melun European Week is part of a special project set up to commemorate the end of the Second World War. It specifically involves pupils from Melun primary schools and children from its respective twin towns around Europe – Spain, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Poland, Greece and the UK.

The project includes a series of cultural, sports and social events. Attending a French school, this year the children were treated to specialist French cookery classes. They took part in a variety of art projects and spent a day in Paris. The week concluded with the children performing in the town theatre.

French co-ordinator Miss Claire Eastaugh said: “We are grateful to the people of Melun for providing our pupils with such a rich and rewarding experience. It will encourage them to develop their language skills further in school and I am sure it will continue to benefit them in later life. I was delighted to see how well they all worked with children from so many different countries.”

Staines Prep School has proudly represented Spelthorne by attending the annual European Week in Melun since its inception in 1992.

Photo(L-R): Avi Tripathi, Oscar Theophilus and Shyam Patel who were in Melun to participate in the European Week and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Spelthorne’s twinning with Melun.