THREE teachers from St Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Manchester, recently enjoyed the amazing experience of visiting a secondary school in China.
The visit by the teachers was part of the school’s focus on developing international relationships and widening the cultural experiences of its pupils.
St Paul’s has developed a partnership with the Beijing Huimin School which will benefit both schools through the sharing of expertise and practice, as well as providing opportunities for students and teachers to experience vastly different cultures.
On the second day of their visit the teachers were privileged to observe the school’s flag-raising ceremony.
The headteacher had to obtain special permission from the government to allow them to watch this event and to take photographs.
While at the school, the teachers discussed opportunities for future trips involving the St Paul’s pupils visiting China and the Chinese pupils visiting Britain.
Peter Ramsay, head of engineering at St Paul’s, said: “We observed several lessons and also gave some lessons focusing on our school and the Manchester area.
“The pupils in our classes were really keen to learn and behaved impeccably.
“We also focused on supporting the staff with their English lessons. The Chinese pupils had an excellent standard of English. We spent some time helping to plan future classes with the English faculty.”