Over the last week of term we welcomed 28 Chinese students from Gongyi Middle School into our school for an immersive British School experience. On Friday 12th July they took part in a specially designed Personal Development Day exploring key elements of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. They explored our school through an orienteering task working out the House names of our school – this quickly became very competitive! Students learnt map reading, did some cooking on the field and finished the day playing dodge ball and bench ball; a completely new experience for them. The day was led by our students who made some very good friends. The Chinese students all bought gifts for our students who were amazed at their generous culture. The school was also presented with a beautiful gift from them.
On Monday 15th July they took part in a “play in day” and all students along with the 25 Drama ambassadors turned the story of Mulan into a performance. They then performed to an audience of parents and friends at the Performing Arts Evening that night. The visiting students were fantastic and for most of them this was their first experience of performing live.
On Tuesday 16th students headed off to Portsmouth College with members of our STEM club for a day of exploration in Science and Technology. During the day they made spinners and completed a number of engineering challenges with great success.
The students then headed off to Portsmouth University and the Guildhall with a group of ALNS student leaders. Students took part in a Music workshop with Portsmouth Music hub and learnt about the tradition of graduation which they witnessed at Portsmouth Guildhall. They had the opportunity to explore the Lord Mayors chambers and sit in the Council seats as the Deputy Lord Mayor explained how our Council works.
For four days we were privileged to work with a fabulous group of young people. The students from ALNS were inspirational leaders during this time and learnt so much about the Chinese culture and school system.
A huge thank you to all the staff who supported the schools visit and we are looking forward to developing our links with the Gongyi Middle School over the coming years.