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Appleby Primary School

Appleby Primary School

Cyprus Blog Day Four

The alarm went off at 6.30 so Mrs Hearn bounced out of bed and got herself ready before cheerfully waking the children with a little sing song.  Four sleepy heads rose from their beds and magically dressed ready for breakfast.  We ate breakfastlooking at a brilliant blue sky, what an excellent day for an explore into the mountains.   First we had a visit to the school to meet the lower school children.  We sat under the sun shades and were welcomed by year1, reception, pre-receptionand nursery.  They had coloured flags to represent all of the countries in the mobility.  The children showed off their counting skills in Greek, Polish, Spanish and English.  Then to finish they sang a lovely song which brought tears to Mrs Hearn’s eyes.  Time for a quick tour of the classes and meet some of the children.   Sy and Isaac soon got stuck in playing with the children.  The classrooms were similar to ours with colourful displays. At 10 o’clock we got on the bus to take us to Monagri village.  Here we tried local sweet products and a traditional grape syrup.   We also tasted Carob pods which tasted like chocolate without the sugar or fat.  We travelled a little further into the hills to Lambouri winery which is owned by one of the parents from the Heritage school.   Here we were given a tour and explanation as to how the wine in made and shown where it is bottles. The grapes are grown locally and sold exclusively to hotels and restaurants in the area.  The children sampled some grape juice before we set off for a picnic in the park.   The cooler air of the mountains was greatly welcomed.  After lunch we had an opportunity to visit the local shops in the village.  The children spotted oranges and limes growing on the trees and were welcomed into a local shop with a lady making and selling lace products.  It was interesting to see the contrast between the coastal city  and the mountain villages.  This evening was our final meal together.  We celebrated in the hotel with staff from the school and were presented with gifts and certificates.  After pizza and more ice cream the children socialised and danced to songs from each of the countries.  We then had to say good bye to the Polish team who had an early flight on Friday morning.  This was an emotional moment for the children having to say good bye to their new friends.  In such a short time the children have learnt so much about each other.  The children from each country have bonded and helped each other on the journey of exploration this week.
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