Pupils strengthen friendship and links with Chinese colleagues

A SCHOOL has been strengthening its links with counterparts in China thanks to another visit.

Chinese pupils from Tangshan Middle School Number 54, in the Hebei Province, spent last week at Longbenton Community College as they continued their partnership.

Formal agreements were first signed in 2010 between the two, and since then there have been regular visits between North Tyneside and China.

Last week, the Chinese pupils visited north east museums as well as attending a musical concert put on by the Longbenton students.

They also spent time in classrooms at the school while visited the homes of English students to experience family life and food.

In previous years, teachers have visited both schools to learn more about the different cultures and share teaching methods.

And previous visits from the Chinese youngsters has seen them visit Beamish Museum in County Durham as well as experience local fish and chips, the borough’s beaches and make new friends.

Staff at Longbenton Community College are now preparing to take a group of pupils to China in September this year, with the students already saving up for a trip of a lifetime.