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UCAN School Exchange Visit with Nanpu Experimental Middle School Wenzhou, China -
Twelve lucky students from the University of Chester Academy Northwich (UCAN) have returned from the trip of a lifetime, after spending 10 days in the Chinese cities of Shanghai and Wenzhou.
During their stay, the Year 10 students experienced first-hand the resources Chinese schools have available and the different styles of learning, in comparison to the education system in the UK. Working with UCAN’s sister school, Nanpu Experimental Middle School, Wenzhou, UCAN’s students were immersed into the Chinese education system and Chinese culture and took part in a range of activities including calligraphy lessons, Chinese art and paper cutting, Physical Education, cookery and music. The trip allowed students to share and experience what makes our schools and nations unique by learning from one another and developing unique lifelong friendships.
As part of the exchange the Year 10 students also had the opportunity to visit Shanghai for a guided tour around the city, where they visited the Shanghai World Financial Centre, a skyscraper reaching almost 500 metres and the beautiful Bund and Yu Gardens before a trip to the Tian Zi Fang shopping district, which is a popular romantic setting for the young people of Shanghai and features many art galleries, cafes and artisan shops. Other trips during their stay included the Shanghai Museum (a modern museum with ancient relics), and the Bund gardens at night, viewing a spectacular light show.
Subject Leader for Geography, Mr Phillip Brown said: “Students gained a real in-depth understanding of the Chinese culture and way of life, which can only be achieved by spending quality time with each other. At first, our students were slightly overwhelmed by the reception of the Chinese students, who were all very excited.”
He added: “It was great to see the students grow in confidence and self-esteem with their Mandarin and being able to communicate and interact with the Chinese students and teachers. Many of the students have struck up friendships with the Chinese students at our sister school and intend to visit China again in the future.”
Student Isabelle Adamson said: “My experience in China was such an eye opener. I now see education and society in a different light. I would love to visit China again in the future as I truly enjoyed this experience.”
Students Alex Hough and Niamh Mahon added: “After visiting China, we have a different perspective on how we live and the differences between the two cultures. We now appreciate our education more as well and we would like to visit China again.”