Dutch exchange Students from Sintermeertencollege, Heerlen, Holland with pupils from Furtherwick Park School. Kim Hartman presents Furtherwick Headteacher Len Took with a collage of the Dutch School.
Accompanying Echo article published 7th November 1994.
School pupils learned tolerance and understanding from their Dutch friends during an exchange visit this week. More than 30 youngsters from Sintermeerten school in the Netherlands visited Furtherwick Park School, Canvey for a five day stay. The two schools have been exchanging visits for ten years-but not because of the area’s Dutch links. It all started when a drama teacher at Furtherwick Park arranged the visit with a friend from the school in Heerlen. The drama teacher has since left the school but the visits continue-Furtherwick pupils will return to Holland next spring. Deputy Head Chris Richardson said: ‘The youngsters get a better understanding of how other people live. I have overheard on e of the pupils yesterday who was saying how nice the Dutch students were. He sounded surprised-now maybe he’ll realise that not everyone outside England is horrible.