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‘Entente Cordiale’ – Pupils at Keresley Newland Meet the Leader of their Local Council!

Fiona Hims, Executive Headteacher at Keresley Newalnd Primary Academy, describes the wonderful day members of the school council had meeting their Council Leader, Mr Dennis Harvey. 


This week, members of the school council at Keresley Newland Primary Academy were delighted to meet the Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Council, Mr Dennis Harvey, to learn more about forming a partnership with students in our twin city of Roanne, France. Roanne is in mid-eastern France, 90 km north west of Lyon on the River Loire and has been twinned with Nuneaton and Bedworth for sixty-one years.

Mr Harvey, an engaging and animated story-teller, shared some wonderful stories with us about French culture, French education, geography and travel. Our school council pupils behaved impeccably and absolutely loved the picture postcards, letters and poems written by children from Saint Paul’s school, situated in the centre of Roanne.

The quality and presentation of the French pupils’ handwriting particularly impressed everyone and Mr Harvey showed us the squared paper used by all French children when they learn to write cursively! This was a heart-warming school council meeting and we learned so much from Mr Harvey. Our councillors are writing back to the French pupils and the ‘bar is raised high’ to write neatly! We are looking forward to continuing to further strengthen our own ‘Entente Cordiale’ with Saint Paul’s school, and a ‘Skype’ interview is definitely on the horizon! Who knows? One day, we may be invited to visit!

Mr Harvey used to teach at our school and remembers teaching Patrick, one of our Year 5 children, when he was in Reception class. Patrick joined us and was so impressed when Mr Harvey spoke to him in fluent Polish!

This opportunity to meet, as one of our pupils said, ‘A real Council leader’ was gratefully received and we thank Mr Harvey for accepting our invitation to visit us. We are looking forward to learning more about democracy, local councils and French cuisine!

Merci beaucoup, Monsieur!

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