Bellerive welcome visitors from Down Under

Girls enjoy sporting exchange

After a summer of Ashes cricket, pupils at Bellerive FCJ College had their own taste of Australian sporting culture in September – when students from their sister school in Melbourne came to visit.

The girls from Genazzano FCJ College had already made one successful trip to Bellerive in 2013 and they came back to the Sefton Park school last month for a series of sporting events on the English leg of their tour of fellow FCJ schools in Europe.

Bellerive arranged for the Genazzano students, from Years 10 and 11, to take part in a range of activities including a coaching session with Liverpool FC and a lesson in nutrition advice from Widnes Vikings RLFC. Pupils from both schools also participated in a joint service at the school chapel to celebrate their shared faith.

Bellerive’s international coordinator Gary McGrath said: "The Genazzano tour is a fantastic sporting opportunity for everyone involved but it’s also a wonderful cultural experience for students from both schools. Even little things like the differences in how we speak the same language have been a real education! As with previous visits between the schools, the girls have made some firm friends in a very short space of time."