Risedale’s Russian visitors get local history tour

Photo: Russian exchange students Viktoria & Max (2nd & 3rd from left) with 8 Year 10 students from Risedale Sports & Community College.

Risedale College’s Russian visitors, Viktoria and Max, were treated to a day of exploring some of the region’s greatest historical attractions.

Viktoria and Max have been staying with Risedale families, experiencing life at British schools and immersing themselves in the culture.

Whilst visiting England, Viktoria and Max were keen to see some traditional castles and historical locations as well as experiencing the beautiful rolling British countryside and Dales which was new for them.

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The trip was arranged that Risedale principal, Colin Scott and director of facilities, Gill Morrissey.

They took Viktoria and Max, along with eight Year 10 students on a day’s sightseeing tour.

Their first stop was Richmond Castle, before moving onto a guided tour of Bolton Castle.

Their next visit took them to Middleham Castle before moving onto Jervaux Abbey for a picnic lunch in the abbey grounds and then to Brymour Farm for ice cream.

The last stop of the day was to the Green Howards Museum to take a look at some of the costumes, medals and silverware.

Gill said: “Everyone was so enthusiastic about the day and their experiences, especially our visitors, who both hope one day to return to visit us again to see more of our beautiful county and its history.”

Viktoria and Max’s exchange was organised by Lana Briton, founder and managing director of Most Education, a non-profit organisation, which creates school partnerships between students and teachers from the North-East and around the world.

Mr Scott said: “This has been a great opportunity for everyone involved and both Viktoria and Max have been a pleasure to host here at Risedale.

“We hope that this new partnership will be first of many foreign exchange prospects in the future.”