Drumming up a warm welcome for visitors

Brazilian teachers Jusiani Maria Wosch de Souza, Cicero da Silva and Maristella Marecos at Holystone Primary School.

Brazilian teachers Jusiani Maria Wosch de Souza, Cicero da Silva and Maristella Marecos at Holystone Primary School.

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Students drummed up a carnival atmosphere to welcome a group of teachers from South America.

Samba drums were beating and the Brazilian anthem played as three visiting teachers from Brazil were given a warm welcome after travelling more than 6,000 miles to North Tyneside.

A special assembly was held at Holystone Primary School on Monday where children were joined by staff and other dignitaries to welcome the trio.

The teachers’ week-long trip is part of an international exchange and follows on from a visit to the city of Curitiba last month by staff from their twin partner schools – Holystone, Fordley and St Cuthbert’s primary schools.

During their week, the South American visitors spent time in classrooms and joined pupils on sightseeing trips to explore the area as well as enjoying a civic reception hosted by Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn.

Stephen Baines, headteacher of Holystone Primary School, said: “It was a truly fantastic experience and we received an incredible welcome from our Brazilian hosts.

“Our time in Brazil taught us that whilst there are many differences between our school systems, fundamentally, the basics of teaching and the hopes and aspirations of children that go alongside are the same the world over.

“We hope our visitors enjoy all we have to offer and the exchange will go a long way to nurturing further links and promoting a greater awareness of each our cultures.”