A group of talented pupils from a number of schools in China visited Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe to gain a greater understanding of British culture and education. The visit was part of the school’s focus on developing international relationships and widening the cultural experiences of its pupils.
The group of children came from various schools in the Fengtai district of Beijing.
The trip to England was awarded to the pupils as a reward for outstanding achievements in music, and, whilst in Manchester, they performed at the Royal Northern College of Music.
The pupils were very impressed with Saint Paul's. They were shown around and watched a presentation (in English and Chinese) about the school and about lessons. They also found out about the school day, travelling around Manchester and life in the city. Following the visit, the school received the following letter from the interpreter of the Chinese Culture Young Ambassadors, Cen Cui: “Thank you for the time you spent with us. Not only did the Chinese children have an interesting time but also I was very impressed by our experience of Saint Paul’s.”
Mr Peter Ramsay, Assistant Headteacher at Saint Paul’s explained: “Saint Paul’s has worked with a number of schools in China with the aim of sharing expertise and practice, as well as providing opportunities for students and teachers to experience vastly different cultures.”“The Chinese teachers were very keen to learn new approaches and teaching styles, and they took any advice and new ideas enthusiastically.”“We enjoyed the visit of the Beijing Fengtai Chinese Culture Young Ambassadors and their teachers,” added Mrs Fiona Minshall, Headteacherat Saint Paul’s. “It was an excellent opportunity to continue to develop and strengthen our links with China allowing us to enrich our curriculum and support language awareness and learning; and to provide professional development opportunities for staff.