Bear necessities for Larbert pupils

Lewis Finlay, Alisa Fox and Kaylee Hannigan with mascot Barnaby Bear

Lewis Finlay, Alisa Fox and Kaylee Hannigan with mascot Barnaby Bear

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WHEN youngsters wanted to learn more about Canada, they sent one of their friends over on a fact-finding mission.

Mascot Barnaby Bear went to the North American country and recounted his tales to the children in class 2M at Larbert Village Primary through his diary entries.

He also sent back photos and went to a Canadian school to encourage the children to become pen pals with the Larbert pupils.

Barnaby was able to make the trip thanks to class 2M teacher Rosie McGaw, whose dad Gordon lives in Kingston, Canada. Barnaby flew over with Rosie’s mum and took in all the landmarks including a snow fort and Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Miss McGaw, who has been teaching at the school since August, said: “The kids have loved getting letters and postcards from Barnaby and learning about Canada.

‘‘He brought back maple syrup for the children to taste and took shortbread to a school in Canada.

‘‘The kids are setting up pen friendships with their Canadian pals and they will be meeting each other by webcam soon.”

Now their mascot has returned, the pupils are learning about winter sports and will be getting curling lessons in the next few weeks.