Jersey Commonwealth Games Association President, Paul du Feu was on the Gold Coast this week and took the time to visit students at Highlands Reserve State School and Helensvale State School to share with them an insight into life on one of the Commonwealth’s smallest territories.
The two schools which have ‘adopted’ Jersey as part of the Gold Coast Schools Connect ‘Adopt a Commonwealth Country’ program warmly welcomed Paul and his wife Roz.
The students provided comprehensive tours of their schools and their facilities, with the guests visiting multiple classrooms to talk about the similarities and large differences between the two countries.
The students were in awe as Paul, a former teacher and swimming coach, explained that the total width of Jersey was the equivalent of driving from Harbour Town Shopping Centre to Helensvale State School (14km) and that a typical school only had 100 students.
The students also found it rather amusing that the maximum speed limit on the island is 40km and most roads are the width of one car.
Other interesting facts, such as the longest beach on Jersey being 3km wowed the students who were enthusiastic to learn about the country they will cheer on at GC2018 from 4-15 April 2018.
The Gold Coast Schools Connect ‘Adopt a Commonwealth Country’ program involves 112 local schools that are matched with the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth to encourage the school communities to learn and engage with the Commonwealth Games and the diverse countries that will travel to the Gold Coast in 14-months’ time.