Last week, 36 students and 3 teachers from Beijing spent the week at Tytherington School immersing themselves in life in an English comprehensive school. Whilst the Chinese students have been learning about British culture, Tytherington students have had a unique insight into what it is like to be a Chinese teenager.
Year 8 student, Hollie Roberts said: ‘It’s been great to learn more about Chinese culture and Tytherington students have been really good hosts – very kind and helpful to our visitors.’
This is the first time that Tytherington has hosted students from their sister school in Beijing – High School attached to Beijing University of Technology. In addition to this, they have visited Arighi Bianchi, where Mr. Paul Bianchi (Chairman) and Mr. Nick Bianchi delivered a presentation to them about the history of his business. They also visited St Michael’s church, King Edward Street Chapel and they even climbed the 108 steps at top speed! On Thursday they were invited to a reception at the Town Hall with the Mayor of Macclesfield who personally showed them round the Silk Museum, and then Councillor David Edwardes took them on a short walk to Sparrow Park to view the future site of the statue by the acclaimed artist “JJ” which will signify The Silk Road linking Macclesfield and China.
15 year old Beijing student, Jessica Li said: ‘It’s great to be here. I’m so excited to make ” I have made a lot of friends. They are all kind and enthusiastic to do everything. We experienced a lot of courses. It’s a lot different than our school. The students have been so friendly. It’s amazing!’
Headteacher, Mr Botwe, said: “This has been a tremendous opportunity for the whole school community. Both sets of young people have gained so much from each other. We are very much looking forward to visiting Beijing soon.”