New Zealand and Wuhan schools to cooperate
Five headmasters from Cambridge Middle School, Cambridge Primary School, Leamington Primary School, Goodwood Primary School, and Cambridge East School, all from the town of Cambridge in the Waipa District of New Zealand, visited Wuhan on March 22 for a cultural exchange with local teachers and students. During the two-day visit they went to sister schools Chongren No. 11 Middle School, Chongrenlu Primary School, Dongfanghong Primary School, Tiyuguan Primary School, and the Primary School affiliated to Tongji Medical College of HUST to experience cultural courses including drama, PE, football, and robotics and to learn about the modern educational development of Wuhan. The New Zealand headmasters also held discussions with their counterparts from Wuhan primary and middle schools.
The headmaster of the Cambridge Primary School said that he, together with some teachers and students, visited the Experimental Primary School of Qiaokou District last October where the local teachers and students taught them to sing Beijing opera and paint Beijing opera masks. This activity stirred up intense interest in traditional Chinese culture. Back in New Zealand they made quite a buzz. Their photos of opera masks were even carried on local media, resulting in more and more children in New Zealand beginning to pay closer attention to Chinese culture and wanting to study Chinese. He also said, "More than 500 elementary students in the town of Cambridge chose Chinese as their first foreign language and begin studying Chinese from the fourth year of primary school till the second year of high school. We will bring more students to Wuhan for future cultural exchanges soon."
It is reported that the agreement reached will make it possible for students of the two countries to exchange campus visits, and that sister schools will explore synchronizing classroom teaching in the future.
Headmasters playing football with local students
Headmasters auditing class