AFTER the success of Miss Allen's visit to Barry Comprehensive School's twin school in Sri Lanka before Easter, a party of six sixth Form students have just left for a two week trip of a lifetime to Maliyadewa School near Galle in the south of the island.

The students are to continue the work already started by Miss Allen and she is leading the party again.

Team Sri Lanka have balanced their examination work with fundraising events and sitting in lessons to gain experience prior to leaving. The party have raised a considerable sum of money and equipment.

The generosity of parents at the recent presentation evening raised over £350 and Team Sri Lanka's parents have held a tea and cake sale in the courts in Cardiff.

Sports equipment, CD players, stationery and even laptops have been donated.

The students will teach lessons in Maliyadewa School, support reading programmes and help with music and sports. Whilst this will be a large part of the visit, there will still be time to explore the beautiful Sri Lankan country.

A trip is also planned for pupils from the Maliyadewa School, paid for by the money raised in Barry. A further trip, to the Pinawella Elephant Orphanage, is sure to be one of the highlights.

Many younger pupils at Barry Comprehensive School have been involved, setting up a pen pal system and supporting the charity Help Lanka. Perhaps they will have the opportunity of joining them one day!