Children at St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School in Handforth ‘took to the air’ this week for a whistle-stop tour of the globe.
As part of the school’s Geography Week, each child was issued with a ‘passport’ and ‘boarding pass’ on Monday morning.
Meanwhile staff, dressed as cabin crew, ushered them into the school hall to meet Captain Lee Montague-Trenchard to prepare for ‘take-off’.
The pupils were then treated to a giant video screening of Captain Montague-Trenchard in the cockpit taxying along the runway before taking off and looking down over the airport below.
Headteacher Hannah McGuire commented: “Staff really went to town by dressing up and decorating their classrooms as different countries.
“Even the school hall had been laid out in aisles with emergency exit doors at each end to add to the atmosphere.”
Mrs McGuire continued: “It was brilliant to see the excitement in the children’s faces as they came into school on Monday, and I’ve had lots of parents tell me that their children haven’t stopped talking about their experience all week.”
Seven-year-old pupil Olympia said: “I was really surprised to get a passport and be told we were going to spend the week in different countries, and I was really excited when we were told we were going to China.”
Since their ‘flight’ the children at St Benedict’s have spent the week moving from class to class experiencing a taste of culture, history, religion, cooking and art in different countries.
Even the school canteen’s lunch menu took on an international flavour – with meals inspired by the cuisine of France, South America and India.
10-year-old pupil Ollie said: “I’ve loved this week. My favourite parts have been playing Spanish bingo in Mexico, making tribal shields in South Africa and taking part in a mock international hockey tournament.”
Quinn, age 5, added: “I’ve really enjoyed learning about Australian animals, but most of all I enjoyed finding out about The Matterhorn in Switzerland, which my Dad wants to climb.”
Mrs McGuire said: “Some of our parents have added to the occasion by coming into schools to talk about the countries they come from.
“We’ve also had a great response from local restaurants, who have generously given the children the chance to come in and sample foods from different countries.
Special thanks go to Jathra Indian, Hellas Greek, Guiliano Italian, Handforth Chinese and Frankie & Benny’s.
“We are also very grateful to chocolatier Oliver Dunn who came into make chocolate goodies with the children and talk about where chocolate originates from.”