Suffolk school hosts Chinese exchange visit to boost cultural awareness

The Chinese exchange students with Finborough headteacher Steven T. Clark Picture: FINBOROUGH SCHOOL

The Chinese exchange students with Finborough headteacher Steven T. Clark Picture: FINBOROUGH SCHOOL - Credit: FINBOROUGH SCHOOL

A Suffolk school has hosted an exciting Chinese exchange – with students from a top Shanghai school invited to socialise with ‘buddy students’ in the UK.

Students studying abacus maths together Picture: FINBOROUGH SCHOOL

Students studying abacus maths together Picture: FINBOROUGH SCHOOL - Credit: FINBOROUGH SCHOOL

Finborough School developed a ‘Sister School’ relationship with Minghang Foreign Language School after staff in Shanghai heard about Finborough’s ‘Excellent’ Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) rating in 2016.

The trip has involved a range of activities – including language and culture lessons held by the 20 Chinese students, trips to London, Cambridge, and Oxford, and entertainment such as archery, raft-building and traditional English games.

Headmaster Mr Steven T. Clark commented: “Our relationship with Minghang is of great mutual benefit, children from both countries enjoying a tremendously positive collision of cultures. Opening minds to the beautiful spectrum of global diversity through our shared passion for learning.”

Teacher Lily, representing Minhang School, added: “We are delighted to work with Finborough to share ideas and culture. China is looking to the rest of the world to collaborate and work together, and this kind of work means our children will grow up being familiar with how to communicate with people from the UK.”

One Chinese student teaching English pupils to count to 10 with one hand Picture: FINBOROUGH SCHOOL

One Chinese student teaching English pupils to count to 10 with one hand Picture: FINBOROUGH SCHOOL - Credit: FINBOROUGH SCHOOL


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