When a group of Chinese students arrived at a Bury St Edmunds school, they were invited to ‘consider yourself at home’ as they received a musical welcome.
The 34 students and staff from Shanghai were greeted by hundreds of their peers at King Edward VI School who gathered in Grove Road on Monday.
They were even treated to a rendition of ‘Consider Yourself’ from the school’s upcoming production of ‘Oliver!’ in December. The 10 day visit is part of an advanced leadership exchange in which the Chinese students teach subjects such as Mandarin and geography.
Thirty students and staff from King Edward VI will then venture to the Pudong district of Shanghai.
They will focus on exploring history, geography, literacy and leadership with students teaching their Chinese counterparts and researching one of the world’s fastest growing cities.
The partnership started in 2006 when King Edward VI was one of 10 schools chosen to take part in a teacher exchange programme.
Danny Burton, director of international leadership, said: “This is a ground-breaking partnership. Colleagues are now friends, and in the process our school has gained huge insight into a different culture.”