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Goldsborough and Sicklinghall school pupils to visit Bangkok

Satit Prasarnmit Demonstration School in Bangkok

Published at 4:29pm 15th January 2018. (Updated at 4:40pm 15th January 2018)

Year 5 and 6 pupils at Goldsborough and Sicklinghall Primary Schools are looking forward to the trip of a lifetime in February.

The youngsters will visit a school in Bangkok and take part in cultural activities which include attending lessons, performing at the Thai National Theatre, visiting the city's Grand Palace and comparing habitats as part of a visit to a remote island off the coast of Thailand.

Their trip is part of a programme set up by the schools in North Yorkshire and Satit Prasarnmit School, and it follows a visit of 10 pupils from Bangkok to Goldsborough and Sicklinghall in May last year.

The Thai children spent evenings with host families in the Wetherby and Knaresborough areas, as well as visiting some of Yorkshire's popular attractions.

Goldsborough Primary School

Children from Bangkok visiting Goldsborough Primary School last year

Matt Shillito, Headteacher at Goldsborough and Sicklinghall Primary Schools, said: "This visit is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our Year 5 and 6 learners. It follows a very successful visit of Grade 6 students from Prasarnmit back in May and the link between our schools has grown from strength to strength as a result.

"Many of the challenges associated with developing international links have not been present in this link and this is down to the ethos that we share as schools and the commitment of all involved to provide unique and unforgettable learning opportunities for our pupils.

"Travelling to Bangkok with a group of primary-aged pupils is an exciting prospect - as a team of staff, we feel privileged to share this experience with the pupils, the vast majority of whom will visit Asia for the first time.

"The cultural learning, personal development and understanding of contrasting locations will be so rich and the visit will be truly unforgettable for all involved.

"To say that we are all looking forward to the trip is an understatement - I am told that some pupils have not stopped talking about it since it was first announced as a possibility.

"They will certainly have a lot to talk about on their return, once they have caught up on sleep and readjusted to the correct time zone!"

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