DOZENS of Gosport schoolchildren had been waiting with bated breath for letters from pupils thousands of miles way – in the American town of Gosport.
Now the Year 6 pupils at Newtown Primary School, in Queens Road, have received a flurry of responses from pupils at Gosport Elementary School, telling them how American children live, including a shared love for the pop star Justin Bieber.
As reported in The News last week, the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Richard Dickson, took letters from Newtown Primary to the school in Gosport, India, on his self-funded trip to the town.
Samuel Taylor, 10, a Year 6 pupil at Newtown, enjoyed getting a penpal.
He said: ‘I was excited because it was from America. It’s a long way.
‘I like it because you get a tension because you’ve written to them and you don’t get it straight away. I am going to write again.’
And the letter from Samuel’s penpal, Justin Terrell, 11, has made him want to visit the country, even though their way of life is different. I’ve never been to another country.
‘It’s weird that it’s such a small place in a big country.
‘They drive to get their post, all their houses aren’t joined together and have roads going to them.’
But some things remain the same even across the Atlantic Ocean, as Paris-Kaye Stuart, 10, found out from her penpal, Kaitlyn Farris, 11.
Paris-Kaye said: ‘She likes Justin Bieber like I do. I was excited – I think she’s really nice.
‘We have a lot in common, we both like Justin Bieber and his song Favorite Girl.’
And Louise Harrowsmith, assistant head and Year 6 teacher, is pleased that the pupils get a chance to put their letter writing classes into practice.
She hopes that these pupils will take their letters home and continue to write after they move on to senior school but that new classes at Newton Primary will also write to Gosport children.
She said: ‘We’re really hoping to extend this and we’ll send the letters home.
‘It’s down to parents if they want to let them use email.’