Beijing Exchange 2017
In October, Upper Fifth Form pupils embarked on an exchange to Beijing, a great cultural and linguistic opportunity for all. Any nerves - in relation to the quality of their Chinese and the distance from home, were soon assuaged with the welcoming nature of the exchange families.
The first week entailed visiting the Olympic stadium, exploring an arcade, enjoying sand-painting classes and (very importantly) sampling Chinese cuisine. The second week was filled with school-led trips to the famous historical sites in and around Beijing, including the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and, most famously, the Great Wall of China. Luke Wyles commented, “Despite having never climbed so many steps in my life, the Great Wall was truly a wonder to behold and my favourite of all the places we visited. I am extremely grateful for what was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I cannot wait for my exchange partners to come back to England.”