Wallsend children to say ‘Ni Hao’ to sister school

Rikki Ledger, general manager at Lookers Renault Benfield Road, with Stephenson Memorial Primary teacher and pupils ahead of their visit to China. Picture by Craig Connor/North News & Pictures
Rikki Ledger, general manager at Lookers Renault Benfield Road, with Stephenson Memorial Primary teacher and pupils ahead of their visit to China. Picture by Craig Connor/North News & Pictures

Children are set to experience the trip of a lifetime thanks to a car dealership.

Stephenson Memorial Primary School, in Wallsend, will take a group of Year 6 pupils to visit its sister school in China thanks to a scheme through Lookers.

Lookers, one of the UK’s largest car retailers, supports local communities through its national dealership network and sponsorship.

More than £1,000 has been donated by Renault, Nissan, Skoda, and Volkswagen franchises across Newcastle and Gateshead to afford students this unforgettable visit in November, helping pay for flights, accommodation, activities and travel expenses.

Emma Overton, headteacher at Stephenson Memorial, said: “We are delighted to receive this very generous level of support from Lookers that will allow us to create a truly unique and memorable experience for all the pupils who are going on this visit.

“Not only will they spend time with pupils from our sister school in Shenzhen, but be immersed in local Chinese culture, enjoying the food, sights, sounds and smells of the country.

“In the last few years, we have been able to immerse our students in their learning by visiting the local community, local attractions and outbound centres, now we want to give them an experience to top them all!”

The group of students from Stephenson Memorial will also have the opportunity to visit Hong Kong and spend time at an adventure camp with other international students in a national park.

Rikki Ledger, general manager of Lookers Renault on Benfield Road, close to the school, said: “Our support of Stephenson Memorial’s visit to China underpins Lookers ongoing commitment to local communities nationwide and we are thrilled that we can help in making this visit a reality for these students.

“We are proud to join with the school, its teachers and parents, the wider community and other local businesses in allowing these memories of a lifetime to be created on what will be an unforgettable visit and experience.”

As part of the company’s support, Lookers will receive regular updates from the group during their time in China, including photos, videos and even the occasional tweet.