Gowerton School hosts Australians
Gowerton School has played host to a party of students and staff from Matthew Flinders Anglican College in Brisbane, Australia.
The two schools established links in August when Matthew Flinders was one of the schools that hosted Gowerton during their own southern hemisphere tour to Australia and Hong Kong.
The focus of the tour was sport with the two schools playing hockey and netball matches at the Elba sports complex and rugby games at Gowerton RFC on Sunday afternoon.
During their stay, the visiting students and their hosts went to watch the Scarlets v Glasgow Rabo direct PRO 12 game at Parc Y Scarlets. The rest of the weekend gave hosts the opportunity to take their visitors to experience the beauty of the Gower and its surroundings.
Gowerton head teacher Peter Harrison said: “Events like this are an important and integral part of the school calendar. We normally host two or three schools from overseas each year and they are much more than just an opportunity for our youngsters to test their skills against others, to experience the thrill of competition and to develop a sense of team by working with others to achieve a common goal.
“They also provide an opportunity for all elements of our local community; parents, staff, pupils and local organisations such as sports clubs and local businesses to come together in support of each other.
“Importantly for our students, it gives them the chance to develop the wider skills of leadership, self reliance, problem solving and an ability to communicate and inter-relate with others that will be crucial to them in the future as they make their way into adulthood.”
Gowerton pupil Bethany Davies said: “I had an amazing experience travelling to Australia. I met some lovely families and it was nice to reciprocate by hosting the girls that I stayed with in Brisbane. I hope they enjoyed their weekend as much as I did.”
Alycia Carpanini said: “The best thing about being hosted was that you got to see much more than you would have done normally if you stayed in a hotel. Hosting them here has given me the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.”
Rhodri Tyrrell added: “The best thing about hosting was the new friendships we were all able to make. I think I will be ‘friends for life’ with many of them.”
While Scott Smith said: “Being hosted by Matthew Flinders was an amazing experience. The best part was visiting Gardners Falls and making so many new friends.”