School’s French connections

Younger pupils of Crossley Street Primary School in a music lesson with Evelyne Levy (visiting primary school teacher from Privas) and Angadreme Grangia (French assistant at Crossley St) looking on.
Younger pupils of Crossley Street Primary School in a music lesson with Evelyne Levy (visiting primary school teacher from Privas) and Angadreme Grangia (French assistant at Crossley St) looking on.
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Schoolchildren were in for a treat when French teachers from Wetherby’s twin town Privas made a visit to their school.

Crossley Street Primary pupils welcomed school teachers Evelyne and Marc Levy from Privas this month as part of a school exchange programme.

Sandra Clynes talking through the detail of the huge pictorial exhibition about the similarities and differences between Privas & Wetherby. The display is in the main foyer of the school. It was produced by pupils of all ages following Mrs Clynes visit to Privas last summer. From L to R Marc Levy, Evelyne Levy (both primary school teachers from Privas), Sandra Clynes (headteacher Crossley St Primary School) and Angadreme Grangia (French assistant at Crossley St)

Sandra Clynes talking through the detail of the huge pictorial exhibition about the similarities and differences between Privas & Wetherby. The display is in the main foyer of the school. It was produced by pupils of all ages following Mrs Clynes visit to Privas last summer. From L to R Marc Levy, Evelyne Levy (both primary school teachers from Privas), Sandra Clynes (headteacher Crossley St Primary School) and Angadreme Grangia (French assistant at Crossley St)

Carole Avison-Wood, from Wetherby Twinning Association, helped arrange the week-long trip.

She told the Wetherby News: “It has been so wonderful to see the children’s faces so excited about the visit.

“Their eyes lit up when we introduced the French teachers to them.”

The two were joined in the classroom by French assistant at Crossley Street Primary School, Angadreme Granja.

As part of the exchange trip, Crossley Street children learned French songs, cookery recipes and will now start exchanging letters with children at Rene Cassin School in Privas.

As well as visiting Crossley Street Primary School. the French teachers visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the National Media Museum and Roundhay Park as part of their trip.

Evelyne Levy, who works at Ecole Rene Cassin Primary School in Privas said: “It has been very exciting for us, Wetherby is quite a big town compared to Privas.

“It is interesting to see the difference between the two schools, the children here wear a uniform, where they do not in France.

“Wetherby is also a very pretty floral town.”

In 2011, Crossley Street headteacher Sandra Clynes visited Rene Cassin School as part of the exchange programme.

This year, 2012, marks the 20th anniversary of the Wetherby Twinning Association with Privas.

In June the town Council is to host the mayor of the French town, during the Jubilee celebrations.