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As part of Norfolk Children’s Services’ collaboration with the Xuhui Education Bureau, in December 2011 Stalham High School and Longyuan Middle School in Shanghai signed a partnership agreement. Subsequently, the deputy head teacher of the Chinese school visited Stalham for a week to meet teachers and students, and observe lessons. Lily enjoyed her visit and was very interested in the students and their work.
In May 2012, Mrs O’Donoghue of Stalham High School visited Shanghai with a group of Norfolk head teachers and advisers.
During her visit, Mrs O’Donoghue met all of the Chinese teachers and observed a wide
range of lessons, which included paper cutting, making intricate knots and cooking
rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves.
As a farewell, she was treated to a special performance of singing, dancing, poetry and plays. She was also presented with a scroll, scribed by an expert Chinese calligrapher, which translated into the English: ‘Isn’t it a great delight to have friends from afar.’ This now has pride of place in our reception area.
Mrs O’Donoghue was so overwhelmed by the welcome she received that she was determined to return with students from Stalham to show them how warm and welcoming the Chinese are.
As you will hear in the video interview with Mrs O’Donoghue, a group of students
will be making the long journey to Shanghai on 21st June to visit our sister school
in the Longhua area of Shanghai. They will experience a completely different culture
from their own, visit families and attend school in a distant oriental city with
spectacular buildings and scenery.
To make this happen, staff and students of Stalham High School have been busy raising funds for the trip. Some of the exciting events and activities were:
The celebration of Chinese New Year with an auction of over 60 lots of promises, including an impressive lion cake cake made by Jazzy Cakes; a ride in a chauffeur-driven Hummer H3 8-seater limousine, which raised £65; a signed Norwich City football which went for £46; tea for two on the terrace of the House of Commons and a voucher for a day at Great Yarmouth races. An impressive job was done by the auctioneer, our very own Mr Stacey. The auction was followed by a New Year feast in the school refectory. The evening was a great success and raised over £1600.
Further money has been raised through a raffle at a local pub, the sale of Chinese bracelets, Chinese word searches and football scratch cards.
Future events include a pub quiz, bag packing at Tesco, and the Stalham’s Got Talent competition in April – judges include a talent scout from Decca Records and a runner-up from Britain’s Got Talent. The prize is time in a Norwich recording studio.