From South America to South Yorkshire – Wales Welcomes Colegio Alva Viva
It’s a partnership that’s been 13 years in the making and this month youngsters from Paraguay’s Colegio Aula Viva touched down in the UK for a visit to Wales High School. Pupils from the school, in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion, have been staying with students and their families here in South Yorkshire.
The two schools have been in partnership since 2004 and have shared exchange visits and curriculum projects for over a decade.
In the past Wales High School has supported Paraguayan charities by raising funds for a primary school that was destroyed by flooding and for an orphanage supporting abandoned babies.
This week-long cultural exchange has seen Colegio Aula Viva staff and students learn about the urban regeneration of South Yorkshire, the history of Sheffield and included a trip to Rother Valley Country Park.
Assistant Head Teacher Danielle Taylor has helped organize the visit. She said,
“Wales High School has a long standing tradition of working with schools internationally and exchange visits like this support the work of various departments as well as helping young people to develop socially. It’s great to see how the relationship between the two schools has developed and blossomed over the past 13 years. Our guests were handed gifts, to remember their time here in South Yorkshire, at a leaving assembly and will head back to South America with friendships and experiences that both sets of students will keep with them for the rest of their lives”
Wales High School is the only school in England to have a partnership with a school in Paraguay and the exchange follows a visit from Paraguayan Ambassador Bernardo Prieto in December last year. The Ambassador wanted to visit the School and thank staff and students for all the work they have done in promoting educational links with the South American country.