28 May 2009>
Pupils and staff at an Ystrad Mynach Welsh school have been forging links with Bangladesh.
Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Allta welcomed four officials from Bangladesh, who were visiting the school as part of the British Council's Connecting Classrooms programme, a global programme that creates partnerships between clusters of schools in the UK and clusters of schools in other countries.
To teach their foreign visitors more about their country, the school welcomed its guests in a special assembly, where they enjoyed a taste of Welsh music and dance. The school also provided the officials with some gifts from the area. The four visitors, including a headteacher, two teachers and a representative from the Ministry of Education in Bangladesh, spent the rest of the morning touring the school and talking to pupils and staff.
Deputy headteacher of Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Allta, Mr Jonathan Cooper said, "Our school is excited about being part of the Connecting Classrooms programme. These kind of partnerships bring an international dimension to young people's learning, to improve their knowledge and understanding of other cultures and prepare them for life and work as global citizens."
Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Allta is part of the only cluster in Wales to be connected with Bangladesh through the Conencting Classrooms programme. The other schools in the Wales cluster are Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Lon Las in Swansea, Ysgol Gyfun Bryn Tawe in Swansea and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Teilo Sant in Llandeilo.
For further information please contact the school on 01443 814883.
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