Secondary school in Harlesden hosts teachers from China

Pupils from the Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College welcome visitors from Hubei in China

Pupils from the Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College welcome visitors from Hubei in China - Credit: Archant

Staff from Hubei Province visit Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College

A school in Harlesden played host to visitors from afar today to show how education works in two very different cultures.

Visitors from China were welcomed by the Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College in Harlesden for a day long event.

More than 20 teachers from Hubei Province in central China joined the visit as part of the Leading Edge Schools Programme.

The participants were keen to learn more about the education system in England and happy to talk to intrigued students about life and education in Hubei.

Teacher Geraldine Quinlan, who helped organise the visit said: “This morning the girls were greatly excited as we welcomed our visitors from Hubei Province. They had practised their welcomes in Chinese and executed the phrases beautifully.

“Our visitors were impressed. The girls really enjoyed showing their learning and sharing their experiences of education in England.”

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Geraldine Freear, head teacher at the school in Crownhill Road, said the whole school had embraced the project.

She said: “As a specialist Language College we have had a great opportunity to learn about other cultures and allow a community of teachers from rural parts of China to learn about education systems in North West London.”

The school first hosted a visit in November 2012 and following its success arranged today’s second visit.

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