YOUNGSTERS played hosts to a group of Taiwanese visitors as a school launched a foreign exchange programme.
Three teachers from Ciaosin Elementary School, in Taiwan, made the trip to Throston Primary School, in Hartlepool.
The visitors were given a tour around the school, in the town’s Flint Walk, and were also special guests at an assembly where children got to show off their talents.
The trip was organised by the British Council and plans are now being made for a reverse trip which will see staff from the town school make the trip to Taiwan.
Staff and children from the two schools are in touch with each other online and have sent a number of images and videos showing classroom activities.
Mark Atkinson, headteacher at Throston Primary School, said the visit marked the launch of an important partnership.
Mr Atkinson said: “The school is trying to link in with other cultures and international projects and this partnership is fantastic for both of the schools involved.
“The visit of the members of staff from Taiwan was brilliant.
“We put on a special assembly for them where the children were singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. Then we exchanged gifts.
“We have a really good relationship with the school and the next step will be for members of staff from our school to visit them.
“After that we will hopefully be able to turn it into a full exchange programme where pupils can visit the other school.
“Projects such as this one give the children a taste of other culture.”