During half term five Writhlington students and their teacher travelled out to the Suzhou Foreign Language School, China, as part of a cultural exchange between schools in the Suzhou district and surrounding Bath area.
Beechen Cliff, Hayesfield and King Edward’s Schools also took part in the exchange making a total of 33 students and 7 teachers in all.
The Writhlington students spent an exciting few days in the Chinese schools, teaching Chinese students and in return receiving lessons in the Chinese art of Kung Fu, Calligraphy and Mandarin.
Alongside working and learning in the Chinese schools the students participated in an array of cultural activities and trips. They were taken to the beautiful area of Shantang Street for shopping and a boat trip, as well as visiting Suzhou market, museum and gardens.
They later travelled to the huge cities of Shanghai and Beijing, taking in the sights of the Pearl Oriental tower, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The students rounded off their visit with a trip to the Great Wall and the world famous silk market, Beijing.
Caroline Lincoln, China Link Co-ordinator said “The exchange programme has proven to be an excellent opportunity for both our students and the visiting Chinese students. The most recent trip was a truly unforgettable experience for us all!”
To complete the exchange, a group of Chinese students will fly to the UK next year and stay at Writhlington for a 6 weeks period.
Pictured: Writhlington students at the Great Wall of China