European connection in Reston

Arina and Marvin Kramer with mum Rahel Suter who are attending Reston primary
Arina and Marvin Kramer with mum Rahel Suter who are attending Reston primary
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Reston Primary School is playing host to some international guests for the next month, with the visit of a Swiss family and two student teachers.

Marvin and Anina Kramer are spending time in Ayton with their mum, Rahel Suter.

The trip was the idea of Headteacher Louise Sanders.

“I have been involved with the University of Zurich for the last eight years, helping organise trips like these.

“It’s good for the kids and it’s great for the girls teaching as well.

“Originally, Rahel wanted to come over two years ago, but then she had a baby, so she decided to bring her family over this time.”

Marvin, 8, will be learning in Primary 2, while his big sister Anina, aged ten, will be spending the school day with Primary 5.

Asked about what he has liked best so far Marvin mentions the drama lessons, but he is shier when asked if he wants to grow up to be an actor.

Their mother, Rahel Suter, said that the pair were excited about the chance to visit another country, even if they could never have imagined what it would really be like.

“Marvin is still every excited, even though he doesn’t speak English,” she said.

But he is still fitting in said Headmaster Louise: “It’s already evident that some of his German is rubbing off on the other children,” she said.

“Some kids are already asking him if he wants to play outside, in German.”

In addition to Anina and Marvin, two Swiss students will also be attending Ayton and Reston Primary as teaching assistants.

Jasmina Rütsche and Elvira Gübeli are studying teaching at the University of Zurich.

They leapt at the chance to extend their teaching skills in the Scottish Borders.

“I had never visited Scotland before,” said Jasmina, “and I think that it is interesting to see the differences between Swiss and Scottish schools.

“For example, I find that in Switzerland, a lesson is more likely to be just a teacher writes something on a blackboard, and everyone copies it.

“But here, it seems that there are many more things going on, and children are learning at different speeds.”

Her companion Elvira added that they hope to incorporate ideas from the Scottish system when they qualify themselves.

“All the classrooms are more interconnected here,” she said, “it’s more a shared space for all of the children.”