JHS Welcomes School Exchange From China

Jack Hunt School has been hosting students and teachers from The Shanghai Gold Apple Bilingual School in China. The exchange, which is now in its second year, is an opportunity for the students to enhance language and cultural awareness in both schools and the Jack Hunt students are looking forward to their return visit to China in April.

Events were planned throughout their stay in Peterborough and the Chinese students received a warm welcome from Mayor, Paula Thacker MBE when they were given a tour of the Town Hall and Chambers. They were able to gain an understanding of how the local council works and ask the Mayor about her role and the types of duties she undertakes.

The Chinese students also had an opportunity to visit Longthorpe Primary School and Thorpe Primary School where they spent time with the Year 4 pupils teaching them to write their name in Mandarin using Calligraphy pens which they had brought with them. They were also taught basic words for greetings and ‘thank you’, but the highlight for the young pupils was a traditional Chinese game called Ti Jian Zi played with weighted feathers, which resembles keeping the ball up in football.

As well as attending lessons with their hosts from Jack Hunt, the Chinese students had the opportunity to visit Cambridge, Oxford and London where they enjoyed an open top bus tour to see such sights as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace and then cruised along the River Thames past the Houses of Parliament.

James Crawley, Project Leader said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for the two groups of staff and students to work together and learn about each other’s respective cultures. All the students have had a fantastic time and we really look forward to our return visit to the Gold Apple School in April”.