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Art Department links with Tong Ling
№1 High School, China

The art department has enjoyed developing links with Tong Ling № 1 High School in China.  In June 2005, pupils and teachers from the school in China, spent a week visiting Fairfield High School.

The pupils and teachers observed lessons and spent time talking to our pupils about life in an English school.  Pupils from both schools really enjoyed this opportunity and they learned a lot from each other about their different and equally interesting cultures and lifestyles.

Our visitors enjoyed trips to local places of interest, including Manchester and Liverpool.  The highlight of the trip was the Chinese lesson that was held by an art teacher from Tong Ling № 1 High school.  He demonstrated the technique of Chinese art and calligraphy.

The pupils were able to take part in the lesson and learn about the techniques used.  This was a fantastic learning experience for all who took part.  Photographs of the event are on our school website.

The links were further developed in October this year, when a group of Year 10 and Year 11 pupils enjoyed a trip of a lifetime to China, with Miss Hayes and Mr Grimes.

The group visited Beijing, Tong Ling in the Anhui Province, Huangshan and Shanghai.  We enjoyed some fantastic sight seeing experiences including Tian’anmen Square, the Summer Palace and the Great Wall of China in Beijing, the Yellow Mountains Huangshan and a boat trip on Huangpu River in Shanghai.   

The highlight of the trip for everyone was the visit to Tong Ling № 1 High School.  We observed an English lesson with 60 pupils who spoke excellent English.  We also took part in a Chinese calligraphy lesson which was particularly enjoyable. 

The pupils, again, had the opportunity to meet up and talk with pupils from the school and they all found this to be a most enjoyable and valuable experience.

Some pupils have exchanged email addresses and started to develop friendships.  It is hoped that our links with the wonderful pupils and teachers at Tong Ling № 1 High School will continue to develop.

Photographs of our recent visit can be viewed here

Miss L Hayes.  




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