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Norwich High School hosts Taiwanese Student Exchange

Published Tuesday 12th of July 2011 09:46:30 AM

A party of 21 students and two teachers spent a week soaking up the local culture last week as guests of Norwich High School for Girls. The 17 year olds were from Taichung Girls' Senior High School in Taiwan. Taichung is the third largest city in Taiwan and the school has over 2700 students. It was an interesting contrast for
the visiting students to come to our comparatively small city.

During their six day visit they enjoyed a trip to the Royal Norfolk Show with the added excitement of a ride on a double decker bus to the showground. They also visited Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Castle and Cambridge. They enjoyed seeing the wonderful gothic architecture of Norwich Cathedral, walking around the cloisters and admiring the stained glass windows and watching the students in their graduation gowns in Cambridge. An added extra was the chance to participate in Norwich High School's Year 12 sleepover in the new sixth form block on Friday night, where they learnt new skills such as the 'HokeyCokey' and the parachute game.

'It was great to see our Taiwanese guests teaching our Year 12 girls some traditional Taiwanese 'campfire' songs', commented exchange organiser and teacher at the school Mrs Christine Spurr. 'It was an experience for our visitors to immerse themselves in our culture but also wonderful for our girls to have this opportunity to learn so much from them too.'

On Monday morning the Taiwanese students led the school assembly and shared an informative and highly entertaining film on Taichung Girls Senior High School. During the morning they visited a range of lessons and were able to participate in activities in subjects such as design technology, music and art.

Roles were reversed in some Years 9 and 10 German classes as the Taiwanese students taught the girls some basic Mandarin phrases and how to write their names in Chinese characters a wonderful cultural exchange.

'We are thrilled at what we saw and experienced in UK. Thank you for hosting us and making us feel so at home. We savoured the taste of real English life and marvelled at how friendly our British friends are!' commented Jessie Wu, teacher from Taichung

Norwich High School plans to develop this cultural link between the two schools and is hoping to make a return visit in the future.
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