Pupils prove laughter is common language

Game for a laugh ... Great Cornard students were joined by MEP Ricahard Howitt and youngsters from Germany, Spain and Poland.
Game for a laugh ... Great Cornard students were joined by MEP Ricahard Howitt and youngsters from Germany, Spain and Poland.

A German, a Spaniard and a Pole walk into a school ... not the set up for a bad joke but what actually happened during an exchange visit as part of a special project looking at humour.

Great Cornard Upper School welcomed students from the three European countries to kick off “Smile – Comenius Week”.

The scheme aims to promote understanding between youngsters from different nations and looks at how humour is represented in various countries.

Richard Howitt, European MP for the East of England, was also on hand to explain to pupils the challenge of using humour in European Parliament, where everything is translated into 23 languages.

“This project challenges clichés head on,” said Mr Howitt.

“It’s great that bright young minds from Great Cornard Upper School are finding out about the different cultures and traditions from European countries and what makes them laugh.

“The pupils are really enthusiastic about learning more about Europe – and you never know maybe there is a future stand-up comedian or MEP among them.”

The visiting students stayed with the families of pupils during the week-long exchange.

Great Cornard youngsters travelled to Buren in Germany earlier this year, and will spend a week in Girona, Spain, in October before experiencing life in Skwierzyna, Poland, next year.