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Blackpool school says ‘hola’ to Spanish counterparts - as pupils turn teacher!

From L-R, back row: Spanish teachers Begonia Rosario Vicente Reyes, deputy head Jose Esquivel Martinez, headteacher Nelida Rodriguez Pena, and Jose Maria Martin Sanchez during a trip to Mereside Primary School. Front row, L-R: Evelina Gromova, Sean Blackburn, Summer Marshall, Nyla-Rose Bradley
From L-R, back row: Spanish teachers Begonia Rosario Vicente Reyes, deputy head Jose Esquivel Martinez, headteacher Nelida Rodriguez Pena, and Jose Maria Martin Sanchez during a trip to Mereside Primary School. Front row, L-R: Evelina Gromova, Sean Blackburn, Summer Marshall, Nyla-Rose Bradley

Teachers from a Spanish school, which recently twinned with Mereside Primary School, visited Blackpool to learn more about the academy and resort.

Las Cumbres in Mostoles, near Madrid, sent six teachers to spend time in lessons. They also got to see the Pleasure Beach and Tower, where staff helped pupils tell them about their histories.

Twinning projects are paid for by the British Council, a public body working internationally on ‘cultural relations and education opportunities’, and to help children learn about the lives of others around the world. Mereside head Sue Diver said: “The first year of our project has been very successful and this visit has fired up the children to learn more about Spain.

“We are hoping now to gain funding for some of our teachers to make a return visit to Las Cumbres next year and keep the project going from strength to strength.”

Each class at Mereside researched an attraction.

Pupil Evelina Gromova, nine, said: “My favourite place in Blackpool is the Tower because I like the Walk of Faith. I was scared at first but then I led down on the glass and pretended I was screaming and it was fun.”

Summer Marshall, also nine, added: “My favourite place is the Pleasure Beach because I love going on the rides.”

The teachers’ visit ended with a special assembly, where the Las Cumbres staff – teacher Begonia Rosario Vicente Reyes, deputy head Jose Esquivel Martinez, head Nelida Rodriguez Pena, and Jose Maria Martin Sanchez – presented gifts to the winners of a competition to design the best poster about Blackpool.