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Visitors give an insight into Chinese culture, leadership and Mandarin language at school

Students at Stowupland High School developed their leadership and language skills when they welcomed 37 Chinese students and four teachers from a school in Shanghai.

Youngsters took part in activities such as leadership, PE, sharing English and Mandarin language, and held a ceremony to mark the start of a long-term relationship with the school.

The Chinese students, from Minghang Foreign Language School, also visited Cedars Park Primary School, where pupils have been studying Chinese culture and history.

Chinese students visited Stowupland High School.
Chinese students visited Stowupland High School.

Frank Schmidt, Stowupland teacher, said: “The primary school visit was particularly special, as the teachers had kept it secret from the students. You can imagine how the children reacted when 37 ‘real’ Chinese children from 5,000 miles away walked into their classroom.”

The Shanghai teachers were fascinated by UK teaching methods. Meanwhile, Stowupland students found working with children who speak a little English a great learning experience.

Other activities included Chinese students teaching Mandarin and Chinese culture along with trips to London, Cambridge and Oxford.

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