Barney Bear looked at his atlas. “I loved going to
Turkey, but I think I’ve found the perfect place for a
brand new adventure”, he thought. “I shall ask my
friends, Mr Byrne, Mrs Bloor and Mrs Eyden to go
with me this time…”
Here they all
are at the
… Liepaja in Latvia!
Barney looked at his map to see where it is…
On the first morning of their visit, Barney
and his friends arrived at our twin school…
It’s called Liepajas 8 Vidusskola
Barney wondered how he would climb up all the
steps. Fortunately, some kind children helped him
will I get up
In the entrance hall, there was a welcoming
message on a large screen
Next to it was a Peace Pole
just like the one at
They all went for a short tour of the school and
saw some classrooms…
Barney enjoyed looking at the pupils’ work
For example, a map showing the four major regions of
… and some interesting facts
about solar energy…
He admired photos of all the top students on
the main corridor.
At the end of September, everyone in Latvia
celebrates Mikelis Day. In England, we call it
In Latvia, a popular
tradition for Mikelis
Day is to carve
and display them
For example, like this…
Barney and his friends decided to have a
They concentrated very hard!
… and they were all very pleased with the
Looking at all these vegetables made Barney very
hungry! He had a nice meal and a drink at school
That afternoon, they all went for a walk
There were lots of interesting old buildings …
… and wide streets with tramlines, but the trams
looked quite different from the ones in Manchester!
“Why are there musical notes on the pavements?”
It’s because Liepaja is a very musical place. You
follow the notes to discover all the interesting
places around the town.
A special song tells the history of Liepaja. These
sculptures are based on the words of each verse.
It certainly was a musical place – Barney’s friends
went to a fantastic concert in a beautiful old
German church. And they posed in front of a Rock
The tour around the town included a craft centre.
Barney loved watching these ladies making
baskets and weaving textiles.
There was a display of Latvian national
costumes in the craft centre
Mrs Bloor and Mrs Eyden took Barney to see the
market in Liepaja. He loved looking at all the food!
After all that walking, his legs were sore, so he had
a lovely snack in a café.
He had a bit of a surprise on the way out, though!
I wonder if
Back at school, it was a very special day.
Children all over Latvia were performing a
special Olympics display at exactly the
same time. Barney was very impressed!
Then it was time for dancing! Barney and
his friends enjoyed watching and learning
seems to be
Barney made friends with three of the
Barney listened carefully while the teachers from
the four Comenius countries made plans for the
future of the project
They watched the short film that Luke, Scott and
Joshua had made about Woodheys!
Mrs Bloor, Mrs Eyden and Mr Byrne wrote down
lots of ideas for the next visit in March, 2013
all the teachers
from the other
coming to visit
At the weekend, everyone went on a trip to the
region of Kurzeme in western Latvia.
First they went to the
… and then to
a fantastic beach
I do like to
They visited a lovely town called Alsunga where
there was a special Mikelis Day festival
A group of ladies dressed in national costume
sang folk songs