Entente Cordiale is definitely top of the timetable for youngsters at a village school.
When staff and pupils at Coupe Green Primary sent colourful balloons soaring into the skies to celebrate World Book Day, they weren’t expecting it would lead to new friendships on the continent.
We did various things during the week for book day but decided to launch the balloons on Friday to build links with the community
All 120 children at the school, near Preston, released a balloon in school colours, with a tag attached bearing the school address and a description of a favourite book.
Class teacher Kelly Howlett, who organised the balloon launch, said: “We did various things during the week for book day but decided to launch the balloons on Friday to build links with the community.
“They were all tagged and we were hoping that people locally would find them and get in touch.”
And class four pupil Katie Hiles couldn’t believe it when she was told her balloon had been found by a man in France.
The school received an email from the man, who said he found the balloon while walking in woods near his home at the weekend.
They are not sure where he lives, other than it is a small village with 2,000 inhabitants.
Miss Howlett said: “Basically, it was just floating in the air and this man was out walking with his wife.
“He spotted something yellow between the trees and, after reaching up to see what it was, found the tag with Katie’s initials and the school email.
“He was really pleased and sent a lovely message to school and a photo of himself with the balloon. It was lovely to receive and Katie is so pleased.”
Miss Howlett said the school is now planning to write back – and in the meantime they are hoping a few more balloons will be found closer to home.