We have had a really interesting week here in Sicily. Starting with a very warm welcome at school on Monday!

The children showed us some traditional Sicilian dancing.

Followed by a tour of the school, and traditional Sicilian foods kindly made by the staff.

We have also had the opportunity to visit some wonderful Sicilian sights, rich in history and culture, including the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, inside which is Kolymbetra, a citrus garden, where oranges, lemons, citrons, mandarins and ancient varieties of orange grow.

We have experienced a variety of weather, from rain to warm sunshine, and even high winds, which resulted in a change to our itinerary.

At Terrasini’s town hall we were introduced to the local dignitaries and presented with a wonderful plaque for Gowerton Primary School in celebration of our outdoor learning Erasmus+ project ‘Happy Children make Happy Learners’

On Thursday we visited the local salt pans or ‘La Salina’ to see how salt is extracted and to view the wonderful bird and wildlife that Sicily enjoys.

And our final experience of the locals environment was a visit to the beautiful Capo Rama wildlife and nature reserve run by the WWF. Where we also had the opportunity to plant a sapling of a rare species of Oak trees in Sicily (there are only about 15 remaining trees in the area).

A fascinating week, from which we will be disseminating the impact of our experience to staff and children in the weeks to come!

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