Pupils take part in Romanian exchange

The pupils who took part in the exchange project to Romania
The pupils who took part in the exchange project to Romania

Pupils at Buckhaven High School have embarked on a two year Comenius Project along with eight other schools from across Europe.

The project, which is fully funded and supported by the European Commission, is called A Matter of Choices and addresses some of the lifestyle choices young people will have to make in their daily lives.

The scheme primarily deals with the issues of bullying and addictions.

As well as addressing these main issues, pupils are given the opportunity to live in the homes of the school’s European partners and learn about different cultures.

Cheryl Sheil, teacher, said: “Six of our S5 pupils have recently returned from a week in Romania where they stayed with host families and made the first steps to understanding cultural differences and breaking down barriers.

“We were very proud of our pupils who mingled easily with the other schools and led the way in teaching their counterparts new songs! When asked what the pupils gained from the trip the unanimous answer was ‘friendship’.

“The project was widely supported in the Romanian town of Botosani and Ryan Hume was given the opportunity to wear his kilt and speak to the assistant mayor of the town. Harris Young even appeared on the local news where he gave a brief interview about the project.”

She continued: “Although they were given plenty of opportunities to socialise and see the sights, pupils were also required to make presentations about Scotland, Fife and our school. They also took part in workshops looking at the issues of bullying and how they can help combat it. They will take this learning back to Buckhaven where they will give presentations to the school community. The Comenius team in school will be responsible for promoting the project and its values around the school throughout the two year life span of the project.”

She added: “Our next exchange will take place in Turkey in March and will give a different set of pupils the opportunity to take part.”