As part of the ERASMUS exchange project, pupils from Hugo Trefner Gymnasium in Estonia and from Sint-Paulus Campus College in Waregem visited Wallace Hall Academy last term. Students and staff stayed with host families and spent time in school as well as visiting many local attractions including Drumlanrig Castle, Morton Castle and Durisdeer. The students also enjoyed an action packed day in Ayr and a tourist day in Edinburgh.
For the first part of the week the visiting and host students were based mainly in and around Wallace Hall Academy and Thornhill completing their project work. Task topics looked at differences in cultures, accessibility and acceptance, and paparazzi and reporting. At the end of the project, all groups presented their findings and a final report was made.
Everyone put in a lot of hard work and were rewarded with a food court which displayed popular foods from each country. I think it’s fair to say that everyone, especially the teachers, thoroughly enjoyed the delicious array of food. The Scottish table had plenty of Irn Bru, tablet and salmon which went down a treat, especially with the Belgians.
Jordanna Hall said, “I’ve loved ERASMUS! It’s been so good meeting people from different countries and I hope I get the opportunity to take part again.”
Aidan Kennedy added, “I had the opportunity to travel to Estonia, a country that I probably wouldn’t have even thought of travelling to. I really enjoyed hosting my student and going to stay with them as well.”
A Belgian student commented, “My favourite part of the exchange was meeting new people and seeing the countryside in Scotland because it’s not like this in Belgium. When I’m older I would really like to travel back to Scotland.”