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Author: Angela Noble, North Ayrshire

We extended a warm welcome to North Ayrshire to our lovely friends from Lyon and Saint Étienne. Last year, we established links between all schools on Arran and schools in Lyon and Saint Étienne, and this year, our partnerships include schools on the mainland too. Eight advisers and two inspectors visited our primary and secondary schools, teaching our pupils about Noël en France whilst discovering more about the Scottish education system first-hand. There were lots of questions and beaucoup de collaboration!

Our visitors’ time in North Ayrshire included a visit to Saltcoats town hall where our Cultural Development Officer, Lesley Forsyth enthralled guests with the history of the area. Their trip culminated in a Scottish country dancing festival with our pupils at the stunning new Portal Leisure Centre in Irvine.

It was great to reciprocate the visits our Erasmus+ participants made to Lyon last summer. Bon voyage et à la prochaine! Quelle chance pour tout le monde!


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