On the 3rd of July, twenty one students and four of their teachers travelled from Changsha, Hunan Province, China to make their first exchange visit to St. Olave’s in what we hope will be a long and successful partnership between the two schools. Despite flight delays the students were brought straight to school on Monday where they had a tour of the school and enthusiastically participated in the talent show alongside our other visiting students from Kolkata, performing traditional dances, Chinese opera and their school song.
That evening the students went home with their host families with whom they would stay for the rest of the week in order to gain a true flavour of life for our students in the UK. The rest of the week was spent in school in lessons, watching lower school celebration and taking part in sports day, participating in a debate against our senior debating team and on trips to the Natural History Museum and Science Museum with their buddies and the maths department. It was a busy but truly rewarding trip for all involved and we very much looking forward to making our first visit to China next Easter and building on our existing partnership.