Guests from Europe choose local culture

Buckhaven High School is soon to welcome a European delegation
Buckhaven High School is soon to welcome a European delegation

Buckhaven High School is the backdrop next month for a multi-national line-up of contemporary school pupils and staff from across Europe.

Representatives from eight nations on the continent are gathering at the Levenmouth secondary on March 9 for the latest stage of a two-year project looking at lifestyle choices.

Pupils and teachers from the participating countries, and their local counterparts, have been looking at a range of issues such as addiction, bullying and gambling, and assessing how to make the best lifestyle options during their years at school – and when they leave.

Funded by the European Union, the whole venture is called ‘A Matter Of Choice’, and, in addition to Buckhaven, it features schools from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Turkey.

It is co-ordinated at Methilhaven Road by Cheryl Sheil, assisted by Michaela Sullivan – both teachers are involved in guidance.

The groups will be involved in a mixture of cultural activity and project work while they are here, with a packed diary of events awaiting them after an official welcome at Buckhaven High from Fife Provost Jim Leishman.

They will be staying for a week with other pupils and host families.

Groups from Buckhaven have visited several of the countries and more trips are being lined up before the project finishes in May.

Mrs Sheil said it was extremely worthwhile experiencing and learning about the different cultures.

Romania had made a vivid impression, she said, while on their Turkish trip, they were only 50 kms from Syria, so it was “not like the holiday Turkey”. But, on all the visits, the Buckhaven youngsters had “made friends very quickly with the other students,” added Mrs Sheil.