Chinese students forge links on Jarrow visit

Bede Burn Primary has welcomed Chinese students to their school as part of a educational programme. From left mayoress Stella Mathewson and mayor Fay Cunningham
Bede Burn Primary has welcomed Chinese students to their school as part of a educational programme. From left mayoress Stella Mathewson and mayor Fay Cunningham

Chinese students have helped to give youngsters a taste of the Orient during a visit to South Tyneside.

The 11 and 12-year-olds from Meiyuan School in Shenzhang, just over the border from Hong Kong, have been spending time with pupils at Bede Burn Primary School in Jarrow.

Together, they have been learning about each other’s cultures and teaching styles.

Bede Burn headteacher Michael Arthur said: “The visit has been a fantastic success. Our students have learned so much about each other’s cultures. Our pupils have been learning some new Chinese words and have had a go at writing Chinese characters.

“Our visitors loved the fact that our school is so colourful with our children’s work on the walls. They are used to working in a much larger school which has 1,600 pupils.

The group of 16 youngsters took part in the civic carol concert and visited South Shields Town Hall, where they met the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside Coun Fay Cunningham and Stella Matthewson.

Coun Cunningham said: “Our young visitors are thoroughly enjoying their experience in South Tyneside and making new friends.”

As part of the visit, the two schools have signed a sister agreement which pledges each school to maintain their relationship through correspondence with a commitment to continue to learn from each other.

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