Scotland meets Scandinavia as pupils visit Renfrewshire Scotland meets Scandinavia as pupils visit Renfrewshire
Pupils at Renfrew High were seeing double as their Danish twins visited from Skovbrynet School in Denmark. Paisley’s twin town of Gladsaxe is home... Scotland meets Scandinavia as pupils visit Renfrewshire

Pupils at Renfrew High were seeing double as their Danish twins visited from Skovbrynet School in Denmark.

Paisley’s twin town of Gladsaxe is home for the visiting young people but it was a taste of school life in Scotland they experienced as the two schools celebrated their ongoing educational links.

The visit began with a tour of the school led by the S2 Leadership Team who then gave a presentation on what it’s like to be a pupil at Renfrew High.

It was lights, camera, action as the Danish pupils then interviewed their peers, utilising their skills learned as part of being a school of film in their homeland.

The afternoon saw the schools undertake a series of workshops which included writing Scottish-themed poetry in English and in Danish, working as a team to identify what could be hidden in a box and undertaking science experiments to round off the day’s activities.

There was just time for some sporting action with the home nation coming out victorious on the football field, beating their counterparts by the odd goal.




Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, said: “We were delighted to welcome pupils from Gladsaxe to Renfrewshire as we continue to strengthen our links with our twin town.

“The pupils had the opportunity to learn from their peers, find out more about different cultures and discover different ways of learning, all of which will be beneficial for their educational experience.

“The schools have built a strong educational relationship in recent years and I hope this can continue to benefit our young people moving forward.”

The pupils and teachers were provided with a civic reception at Paisley Town Hall hosted by Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, to celebrate the connection between both the two schools and the two areas.

“Pupils and teachers from Skovbrynet School experienced a very successful educational day at Renfrew High School.

“We exchanged views on different subjects regarding the friendship between Gladsaxe and Paisley, which we hope to expand even further.

“I believe both the Danish and the Scottish pupils had a memorable day that they will remember forever.

“We at Skovbrynet School hope to get a chance to return the hospitality we recieved from our great visit to Renfrewshire.”

In 1957, the Boys Brigade from Paisley made contact with the FDF Gladsaxe Brass Band in the Danish city and the following year the first school exchange was established between the two areas.

Despite these lengthy links, it was only in 1990 that Paisley and Gladsaxe were officially named twin towns.

Paisley has further twin town links with Fürth in Germany and visits have been exchanged between the two towns since its official twinning in 1969.