School wel­comes Chi­nese guests

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS - ABIGAIL O’LEARY

ALL Hal­lows Catholic Col­lege wel­comed their Chi­nese part­ner school with open arms last week.

Three staff from the part­ner school in Xi’an vis­ited the Macclesfield col­lege to mark the on-go­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two es­tab­lish­ments.

A bond was formed with the an­cient city of Xi’an when the Prin­ci­pal, Mr Billings vis­ited in 2010.

He said: “There was a group of Cheshire heads that went out to make th­ese links to work out a long term re­la­tion­ship with schools there.”

And pupils at the Macclesfield col­lege are now en­joy­ing di­verse his­tory lessons learn­ing about an­cient Chi­nese cul­ture.

As well as unique his­tory lessons, pupils are ex­plor­ing eastern lan­guages as this year marks the first sit­ting of a Man­darin GCSE exam.

Mr Billings added: “It’s just won­der­ful to ed­u­cate the chil­dren in a broad world view, and it’s im­por­tant for them to learn about the world around them.”

And the chil­dren are fully em­brac­ing their new cul­tural op­por­tu­ni­ties by join­ing in with their Chi­nese friends’ an­nual cel­e­bra­tions.

Mr Billings said: “We now do things like cel­e­brate Chi­nese New Year, and they know more about reli­gion and cul­ture in China.

“The stu­dents have also started learn­ing about the ter­ra­cotta war­riors, and we’ve even had out­door as­sem­blies.

“In many schools, when you look at the his­tory cur­ricu­lum, its fo­cus is very nar­row, look­ing at World War One and Two, and we want to give the stu­dents a wider world view than that.”

All Hal­lows School has also in­tro­duced an out­door ta­ble ten­nis area which has seen some pupils reach­ing the county fi­nals.

Stu­dents at the Macclesfield col­lege are now gear­ing up for the ul­ti­mate les­son in Chi­nese cul­ture, by tak­ing a trip to the Xi’an re­gion.

Mr Billings said: “The idea would be for them to spend at least a week em­bed­ded in the life of the school and learn how they do things their end.”

Chi­nese staff vis­it­ing the col­lege said they were over­whelmed by the wel­come they re­ceived and hope to con­tinue and ex­pand the re­la­tion­ship they have with the schools in 2015 and be­yond.

Teach­ers at All Hal­lows Col­lege have also been show­ing Chi­nese staff co­op­er­a­tive learn­ing meth­ods for pupil in­ter­ac­tion.

●● All Hal­lows Catholic Col­lege, Macclesfield

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