New Zealand and Wuhan schools to co­op­er­ate

Changjiang Weekly - - TOP NEWS - By Chen Xiao­tong

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

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