Cultural barriers broken by pupils working together

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C130978-1 Bog Jul18 Barriers phot kate''Students taking part in a scheme to break down barriers at the Phoenix Centre.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130978-1

MYTH-BUSTING students have celebrated the end of their course to bring communities in Bognor Regis together.

The 20 young people from The Regis School joined together to learn more about each other’s cultures.

Their ten-week course at the Phoenix Centre on the school’s campus ended with a presentation ceremony of certificates and a buffet of their national foods.

One of those who took part, Kaspian Paszkowski, 12, from Poland, said: “We all enjoyed the course. I’ve met new friends and learnt better English. Before, I didn’t know much about the tenses of words like ‘will be’ and ‘was’.”

Fellow Polish student Katarzyna Ciesielska, 13, said: “It was really fun playing the sports. I played cricket, stoolball and volleyball. It’s good to be able to speak English better as well.”

The course included hard-hitting Q&A sessions to break down barriers, games, painting and photography. It was a joint venture between The Regis School and West Sussex County Council’s youth support and development service.

Julie Ivey, a team manager with the service, said: “The aim is to help young people, particularly from Eastern Europe, to integrate into the community and get to know English pupils.”

Youth worker Maria Parton said: “All the activities were aimed at getting the students talking English all the time. They were shy when they arrived. Now they are buzzing.”