17 November 2008>
Pupils and staff at St Cenydd Comprehensive School in Caerphilly have rolled out the red carpet for a special royal visitor.
King Letsie III of Lesotho visited the school to celebrate the successful ongoing partnership links between St Cenydd and Mount Royal High School in the small African state.
The King used the visit to further develop the relationship between the schools and to express his gratitude for all the charitable work that St Cenydd pupils have undertaken to assist Mount Royal.
Over the past six years there have been numerous exchange visits between the schools, giving the pupils an opportunity to experience different cultures while the teachers had the chance to share educational resources.
Pupils throughout the school have been involved with the preparations for the much anticipated royal visit, with activities ranging from creating African inspired art displays, power point presentations, African music and learning about the history of the country.
The visit was a huge success with a warm welcome provided for the guests as the whole school sang in a special assembly. The visitors were then treated to a tour of the school followed by a small reception where everyone had a chance to share their Lesotho experiences with King Letsie.
CCBC Mayor, Cllr Anne Collins, said, "I am delighted to have had the honour of meeting the King. The visit shows how much he values the link between Wales and South Africa and we hope the relationship continues to grow stronger over the coming years."
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