Sixteen Student Ambassadors and three of their teachers from Taipei in Taiwan were welcomed to WHS last week for the return visit of a cultural exchange programme. The British Council ‘Connecting Classrooms’ Project connects joint Cumbrian schools with an East Asian partner cluster in Taipei and Hualien. Seven WHS students travelled to Taiwan in June on the first leg of the exchange.
During their time with us, the party shadowed some of our students and experienced lessons in a wide range of subjects. They also took part in workshops in Media and Performing Arts where they thoroughly enjoyed Year 12 students teaching them dances. The Year 12 students, Beth Gardner, Owen Howden, Rowan Gallagher and Niamh Bones taught the group two dances: a sassy number from Kinky Boots called ‘Raise you up’; and a fun, energetic partner dance from Mamma Mia to ‘Does your mama know’. To finish off Spencer taught us some kung fu which was great fun.
The group visited Carlisle Civic Centre on Wednesday to meet the Mayor and find out about local democracy and how the council works. They also visited Tullie House and had a very informative tour of the cathedral.
On Friday, they enjoyed a trip to Walby Farm Park, before they moved on to their new hosts at Nelson Thomlinson School.
We are very grateful for the families that offered to host our Taiwanese guests for the four nights while they visited our area.