United nations of England at school
THE World Cup has brought people together across Peterborough, but none more so than at one city school.
St John Fisher Catholic High School, in Park Lane, Peterborough, has pupils who speak more than 40 different languages on its books – which is more than the 32 teams who started this year’s tournament in South Africa.
However, rather than cause tension and bitter rivalries, it has created a real buzz among the school’s 711 pupils.
PCSO Jacqui Reid, who is the St John Fisher safer schools officer, said: “We are a fully multi-cultural school, so the World Cup has been a really good way to bring them all together.
“There’s been a lot of good banter between the different nationalities and lots of fun between them.”
Among the many nationalities is 15-year-old Brazilian Levy Santos, who was born in São Paulo and moved to the UK seven years ago.
He said: “It was okay in Brazil, but a bit overcrowded. Taking away the bad things, I think it’s quite similar here.
And he added: “I think Brazil could get to the final.”
South African-born Morgan Winlock (14) said she was proud of how her home nation had performed in putting on the major tournament.
She said: “It has been amazing hosting the tournament.
And she added: “It’s given the country lots of positive publicity.”
After an untimely early exit from the World Cup, Nigerian Markus Balogun (14) has switched his allegiance to supporting England.
He said: “It was very sad to go out of the tournament.
“I thought we could have got through but some of our players weren’t around.
“I will be supporting England because they have a decent team.”
Other nationalities at the school include French, Portuguese and Serbian.
SUPPORT: Safer schools officer PCSO Jacqui Reid with teachers and pupils at St John Fisher Catholic High School are following the World Cup closely. (METP-23-06-10PF413)
UP FOR CUP: Staff from Terrell’s solicitors watch the England v Slovenia game at Charter’s. (METP-23-06-10AS025)
CHEERS: Fans watched as England beat Slovenia at the Cross Keys, in Oundle Road, on Wednesday.