Adur Council chairman Peter Metcalfe had a chance to practice some Polish on Friday.
Awarding certificates to students at English Language Homestays ( ELH ) in Southwick, he delighted the Polish youngsters by speaking to them in their own language.
“Welcome our friends from Poland. We hope that you will enjoy your stay here,” he told them in Polish.
See Peter’s special Shoreham Herald column on page 6 to find out how they felt about it!
ELH, based at Southwick Community Centre, is a well-established and successful local language school, having been providing English language courses and short stays for more than 20 years.
Anya Witos-Richey, director of communications, said: “We have students visiting from all over Europe throughout the year for short or long stays, educational and recreational visits.
“The students and their teachers stay with our many lovely host families in the Shoreham, Southwick and Lancing areas.”
She explained that the school had welcomed back the group of Polish students from Zespol Szkol Prywatnych in Opoczno, who were revisiting Southwick last Monday, as they so enjoyed their stay in the town last year.
“Once again, they were delighted to be staying with the local families who welcomed them so warmly last year,” Anya added.
The students had lessons at the Southwick Street base in the mornings and then enjoyed some festive activities in the afternoons.
These included a pantomime at the Connaught Theatre in Worthing and ice skating at the Pavilion in Brighton, as well as a day trip to London to enjoy a river cruise and view the Christmas lights.
On their last day, which was Friday, the Polish students were treated to a festive awards ceremony.
The students collected their certificates from Peter Metcalfe and enjoyed carols and mince pies in a traditional English Christmas atmosphere.
Anya said: “As our Adur area is twinned with Zywiec in Poland, this is a very good way of further embracing Anglo Polish relations. Especially nice at Christmas!”
Visit www.englishlanguagehomestays.co.uk for more information about the school.