A group of teachers are preparing to head off to South America as part of a special exchange.
A total of seven staff from Holystone, Fordley and St Cuthbert’s primary schools are flying out to Brazil to experience school life in the country.
They will be spending a week in the city of Curitiba with their twin partner schools.
During the visit the group will be received by the city’s Mayor and the State Education Department while will also set up projects and Skype the children back home giving them the opportunity to speak to Brazilian youngsters.
Stephen Baines, headteacher of Holystone Primary School, said: “International links are a key component of the school’s ethos and exchanges like this bring some excellent benefits to our staff and pupils by nurturing links and gaining new ideas.
“Promoting a greater awareness of another country’s culture is a brilliant way to show our children how to become responsible universal citizens and to develop skills to work in a global economy.”
The teaching staff will travel to Brazil on October 17 and staff from the exchange schools will visit North Tyneside for a week in November.