Posted on Friday 18th May 2012
Treorchy Pupils and their Danish Friends
Mayor Cllr Sylvia Jones helped keep one of the strongest school exchange programmes in Wales alive, when she hosted Treorchy pupils and their Danish friends.
Penpych Primary School in Treorchy has hosted regular exchanges with Givskud Skole in Denmark every year for the last 18 years, a feat achieved by no other primary school in Wales.
The Danish pupils spend time with their Welsh friends every year and, in 2012 have enjoyed a slice of life in Wales – from mining museums to a day on the Gower coast, experiencing the Welsh culture, heritage and way of life that their hosts are so proud of.
One of the highlights of the week is always a visit to the Mayor’s Parlour in the Municipal Buildings, Pontypridd and, this month, over 40 people involved in the Exchange were welcomed by Mayor Cllr Sylvia Jones.
She said: “This is an extraordinary partnership and friendship that has spanned nearly two decades. Pen Pych is the only primary school in Wales to sustain such an exchange programme and I know from my time with the pupils and their Danish friends that so much comes from such a partnership.
“The children in Treorchy have the chance to celebrate and showcase where they live and also benefit from time spent in another culture with new friends.”