Diplomats play ball on school visit

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THE Foreign Office might want to take some tips from King Edward VI School for winning over visiting diplomats.

When five officials from the Rwandan High Commission visited the Bury St Edmunds school on Tuesday, they were interested in their tour of the science and arts facilities. But in the school’s renowned sports facilities, the diplomats could not resist having a go.

Even former Brigadier General Frank Rusagara tried his hand with a basketball, which is probably not something William Hague invites diplomats to do.

King Edward’s head Geoff Barton said: “We wanted to give them a flavour of a school in this country. Their Olympic team is going to be working with us.”

The diplomats’ visit was part of the school’s Rwandan week, which also included a charity football match, with the teams in Rwandan colours, and a staff versus students netball game. The students raised £200 for sports equipment for their Rwandan partner school Mururu.

The diplomats also met children from King Edward’s partner schools in the town.

Mr Barton said the visit helped bring home to students that they would be hosting Rwandan guests next year.