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Pupils at West Suffolk school ‘build’ relations with peers from the Far East

Pupils at County Upper School making towers from old newspapers. ANL-140318-135238001

Pupils at County Upper School making towers from old newspapers. ANL-140318-135238001

Pupils at a West Suffolk school have been ‘building’ relations with their peers from the Far East - with a little help from the Bury Free Press.

County Upper students and pupils from their Japanese link school joined forces to build towers using old Free Press newspapers as part of activities celebrating National Science and Engineering Week.

About 40 pupils from the Takamatsu Daiichi Senior High School, in the South of Japan, visited the Bury St Edmunds school this week to enjoy a range of science experiments and a trip to Sizewell.

Activities focused around renewable energy and they made rockets, built towers taking note of energy use and acceleration due to gravity and threw eggs out of windows.

Takamatsu, which is one of five ‘Super Science High Schools’ in Japan, was matched with County Upper by the Department for Education because of its reputation for science.

Headteacher Vicky Neale said: “As well as the cultural aspect, it’s good for the students to work together and realise that some of the big problems are world problems - energy is not just an issue for us, it’s an issue for the world.

“It’s good for them to see the level of maths and science creativity in each other’s countries.”

The school, which is the lead for the Science Learning Partnership in Suffolk and Norfolk, also received support from the Science Learning Centre for some of the activities.

During County Upper’s annual Japanese trip this autumn - that has been running for more than 40 years - pupils will visit Takamatsu.

 

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