Why Winchmore School is investing in China

on Friday, 09 October 2015. Posted in N21 Community

 

 

Winchmore School has recently been granted International School status by the British Council, in recognition of the ground-breaking work it has done in forging exchange programmes with schools in many parts of the world, including China.

 

The school is already offering Mandarin to pupils and earlier this year Winchmore welcomed 22 visitors from the Shunde No. 1 Middle School, South China, for a 10 day educational exchange visit.

 

 

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Head teacher Jim Owen explains the project

 

The first two weeks in February 2015, represented a milestone in the history of Winchmore School. We welcomed twenty two very special visitors from The Shunde Number 1 Experimental Middle School, China, for a ten day educational exchange visit. The main purpose behind the exchange was to develop and deepen our partnership, with a view to sending Winchmore students to study in Shunde.

 

The Headteacher from Shunde, Ms Lin, her senior leaders and a group of eighteen students spent the fortnight in London, working with Enfield students and teachers and visiting famous landmarks in London and the South East.


Our Chinese visitors told us how overwhelmed they were by their stay. This included an overnight stay in lakeside log cabins, a special 'Bugsy Malone' welcome, Italian biscuit baking, making pottery souvenirs, building human sculptures, and visits to Alexandra Palace and the Tottenham Hotspur Football ground. In school the Chinese students shadowed our students in lessons, competed at basketball, table tennis and football, and shared meals, break times and assemblies together.

 

An important component of their stay was with our students' families, as their host family, which enabled them to experience real life in the UK. The part that host families played in this exchange was invaluable and we are eternally grateful and indebted to them for their wholehearted contribution. The way in which they opened up their hearts and homes, and their unswerving support and enthusiasm for the exchange has been without doubt a major key to its success.

 

Every moment of the exchange was recorded in countless speeches, photographs, poems, diaries, blogs and newsletters. It has been captured on mobile phones, tablets, videos and via all forms of social media. What you are about to read, is the collective diary of our exchange. A chronological narrative of what happened, and some reations and thoughts about some of the highligts.

 

We hope you find it interesting, and also hope that we have done justice to the exchange, our students and teachers, both in terms of the planning, the events, the impact and the aftermath!

 

Thank you to all our staff, families and children who made the exchange experience truly magical. This is a major step forward for our school. Without a shadow of doubt it has been one of the most exciting, rewarding and inspiring adventures that Winchmore has embarked upon. We could not have done it without the support, cooperation and enthusiasm of all our students, and we look forward to building on it, together, in the future

 

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You can view it here

 

 

"There is a lot of hardship in today's world, and although it may seem like a drop in the ocean, we cannot underestimate the sense of learning, kindness, mutual trust and understanding that our exchange visit has generated"


Jim Owens, Headteacher of Winchmore Hill School




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Winchmore School now wants to raise funds to send a delegation of pupils to Shunde No. 1 Middle School.

 

This isn't about a few members of staff and students having a jolly, the UK is under-performing in exports to China, compared to other Western economies; so projects like this are vital to encourage closer relationships with China which has over taken the US as the world's largest economy.

 

If you would like more details contact Wendy Winter, Economic Wellbeing Coordinator

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Winchmore School has recently been granted International School status by the British Council, in recognition of the ground-breaking work it has done in forging exchange programmes with schools in many parts of the world, including China.

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