Pupils use Skype to form overseas connection

Skype call between Hebden Royd CE and a German primary school to celebrate their twinning  link up.
Skype call between Hebden Royd CE and a German primary school to celebrate their twinning link up.
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CHILDREN used technology to do their bit for Anglo-German relations.

Year five pupils from Hebden Royd C of E school held a conference call using Skype – a video tool that allows users to communicate over the internet – to talk to pupils from Johannesgrundschule.

The German school has become twinned with Hebden Royd C of E as part of an initiative to promote greater links with the area’s twin towns of St Pol and Warstein – a campaign championed by Coun Scott Trickett as part of his mayoral year.

Head teacher Gretl Young said: “This link gives us such scope with what we can do with the children. We’ve got a year with this group before they go off to high school and hopefully they will make plenty of friends and connections.”

Miss Young said staff at the school were excited to be the first in Hebden Royd to form a link with a school in Warstein or St Pol and said they were going to take part in a project looking at the London Olympics with Johannesgrundschule, as well as having regular email contact and Skype calls.

Coun Scott Trickett, who is trying to forge twinning links with other Hebden Royd schools, said: “This will have fantastic future benefits for the children and they may well end up having an international future, which would be great.”

Also present for the Skype call were David Parry, president of the Hebden Bridge and District International Group, Yorkshire and Humber MEP Rebecca Taylor and Jo Eggleton, Calderdale Council’s Town Twinning Officer.