United na­tions of Eng­land at school

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update -

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.

Pic­ture: PAUL FRANKS

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.

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