The Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council has greeted a party of visitors from across Europe – in their own languages.
Chair Cllr Siân Thomas visited Model School in Carmarthen and met teachers who have come to Carmarthenshire as part of the Comenius project which promotes links between schools in European Union countries.
Cllr Thomas said: “I wore Welsh costume and I greeted the visitors in Welsh, English, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Polish and Turkish.”
Comenius grants are available under the EU lifelong-learning funding programme. The programme is aimed at schools from nursery to Further Education and offers grants for schools to organise exchanges, for staff and pupils to work on common projects with schools in other EU countries.
Teacher Liz Turner, Comenius co-ordinator at Model School, said: “Teachers from five Comenius partner school in five different countries came to us on a music, dance and culture themed visit.
“We have shared each other’s cultures and they have spent time here and in the music department at Queen Elizabeth High School. They were very impressed with the facilities.”
She said the visitors were also taken to hear Côr Meibion Llanelli and the Welsh National Opera.
“At our concert the Council Chair made the effort to welcome each in their own language and one of our pupils played
each national anthem on the trumpet. It was wonderful,” she added.