Last week, teachers from Kenya paid a visit to Newtownabbey Borough Council’s headquarters to learn about the local area and meet the Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Victor Robinson. The teachers, who were participating in a Global School Partnership, were being hosted by Fairview Primary school, Ballyclare who had previously visited Jebrongo Primary in Western Kenya.
As well as being shown around Mossley Mill by the Mayor, the visitors were also taken to the Museum and Theatre at the Mill during their tour. The history of the building was explained to the guests who were amazed at the restoration that has taken place. A plaque with an elephant symbolising good luck was presented to the Mayor by the Kenyan guests as a gift to thank him for his hospitality.
Paula Matthews from Fairview Primary School said “We had a wonderful and memorable time at Mossley Mill. Both ourselves and our guests enjoyed the visit and came away extremely informed about both the Council and the local area”.
The Mayor, Alderman Victor Robinson added “It was a pleasure to host the visitors from Fairview and Jebrongo Primary Schools; it’s truly outstanding that the two schools work on joint projects, despite being thousands of miles apart. Our guests were very impressed with all that our fantastic Borough has to offer and I found it fascinating to learn about life in Kenya!”