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This summer two lucky Tonypandy Community College pupils were given the opportunity to visit Sweden on a Time Schools exchange trip. Dewi Harris and Jack Barrowcliffe were chosen due to their high level of commitment to the Time Schools scheme and the unprecedented number of hours that they had given to volunteering within the school and local community. They visited Sweden along with pupils from the other three Time Schools, Pontypridd High, Michaelston and Glyn Derw. All of the young people had a great time, learnt a lot and met people from Sweden and Latvia. Below is a diary entry from Dewi and a quote from Jack to tell you more about it.

Diary entry from Dewi Harris:

“It was 1:50am the 1st of August we started our trip to Sweden. We got to the community centre where we stayed at 1:30pm. We took part and made friends with the students of Sweden and Latvia by completing ice breaking games. We made friends through the night before and after the outstanding food. The Welsh group had to decide games to play to show the Welsh passions and heritage. We also took part in their games and activities. We made small books and look what the Swedish people are doing in their community. Wednesday the Welsh team had to work together to make a welsh meal. We cooked lamb dinner, and Welsh cakes for desert. So did Latvia and Sweden. We were given the brief to organise a fate for the local area. The next day we went to a local island and spent some time in the beautiful weather. We went shopping in the centre of Gothenburg and went on a giant wheel like the London eye. We took two days to organise that and it was a successful event. We all used our skills to make it really exciting for the children and adults of Gothenburg. We had a lovely time there and we are hoping for them to come to Wales and meet up and show them the best sides of Wales. It was a lovely experience and we would like to thank Lisa from Spice and Tonypandy Community College. We met a lot of new friends from Wales, Sweden and Latvia. And we are keeping in touch. “

Quote from Jack Barrowcliffe:

“I had a lovely time in Sweden. It was one of the best experiences I could have done. While I was there I had a taste of Swedish food, Swedish traditions and I also met loads of new people and made many new friends. At first it was hard getting settled but it the end I was fine. I thought the staff at Radar 7 were some of the kindest people I have met. It was a well worth trip and I would be more than happy to do it all again. I still get in touch with people that were at Radar 7 and I am hoping I will see them again soon.”

You can see from some of the photos that the two boys took and how much fun they had!! If you get involved in Time Schools you may be lucky enough to have some other great opportunities like this. For more information on Time Schools please to Carly in the Community Room.