Plaistow meets Plaistow

Plaistow, London, meets Plaistow, West Sussex
Plaistow, London, meets Plaistow, West Sussex

Plaistow and Kirdford Primary school were delighted to welcome visitors from a school in Plaistow, East London over a period of several days in October and November.

The school has tried to forge a link with a similar school in ‘the other Plaistow’ for some years now and have finally succeeded in developing such a link with Selwyn Primary School in Plaistow, Newham, East London.

Children from year groups 1 to 6 came to spend a few hours at the school in Plaistow, West Sussex – the children played various ‘meet and greet’ games and were given a tour of the school by their peers.

The visitors were particularly excited about the playing field and the other outdoor facilities available. When the Year 6 group visited, a huge game of 20-a-side football took place on the field!

After a shared lunch, the visitors were all taken on a walk around the village, a look at our one and only village shop, Plaistow Stores, and a stroll through the woods.

Mrs Fairweather, the Acting Head teacher, and Mrs Powell, the Year 6 teacher, are now arranging for some Plaistow and Kirdford classes to make return visits to East London in the summer term.

These future visits will also include a tour of the area surrounding Selwyn Primary School, enabling our pupils to make a clear comparison between the two localities. Everyone hugely enjoyed meeting people from a very different part of the country and the children were quickly able to overcome any differences and forge new friendships.

It was lovely for all the children and adults to meet one another and find that we had so much in common and could learn so much from one another. We are very hopeful that this is the start of a wonderful friendship between the two schools.

Report contributed by Plaistow and Kirdford Primary school.