The Duke of Edinburgh, in the Caribbean to attend the Commonwealth summit, visited Buccoo Government Primary School in Tobago.
Buccoo is twinned with North Harringay Primary School in London. The two schools set up a video conference during the Duke's visit so that both schools could share in the excitement.
Although Head teachers of both schools had vistited this was the first time the children had been able to talk to one another.
Children in Tobago and London got to know one another while they waited for the Duke to arrive:
North Harringay Primary pupils:
Rohan: It was really exciting because they were children I’d never met before and I knew they were in a different country half way around the world. The children there were waving and having fun with us.
Ethan: I didn't think I could ever have spoken to someone in Tobago. I showed them magic tricks. They liked them. It was the first time I have ever done this to an audience... and they were on the other side of the world!
Nina: We are the only school in England represented at the exhibition. We saw our school logo and pictures of our roof garden on display.
Doris: We were waiting and waiting. Lots of people came through the entrance but each time it wasn't the Prince.
Mayes: It was very tense as we waited to see Prince Philip.
Okeroghene: It was fun video conferencing. They're on the other side of the world and we're in England. It was agonising ....After all the wait we finally got to see Prince Philip. Then all the photographers got in the way!
Buccoo Primary, Tobago
Nalini: It was frightening meeting the Duke but he is a good man. He made me feel very calm. I want to be like him when I grow up.
When we spoke to the students in London I learned that they wear different uniforms and that they are different from us. I learned that you can become friends with anyone. Please tell them I say "Hello".
Sean-Daniel: I was nervous and excited at the same time. The Duke was very patient; he is a nice person. He asked about our school and who made the model.
Sol: I spoke to [the Duke] about Buccoo's beauty and about preserving its environment. It was fun talking to the children and meeting people of a different culture.
How did they do this?
North Harringay Primary School in London and Buccoo Primary School in Tobago have been working together for a year and their partnership is facilitated by the British Council. They have received DFID Global School Partnership funding.
The schools are basing their work on understanding of the environment. Buccoo Primary is sharing information about the coral reef near their school; North Harringay is sharing their inner city roof garden.
Mr Roland Duke, school principal of Buccoo Primary School in Tobago, said: "The whole thing is about getting a global citizen, a global student, a global teacher. It's all about showing that it's one small world, everything that happens in one little corner affects everyone across the world."
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