Date: 18/11/2008 Category: Learning and Achievement
Headteachers from eight schools in Medway will play a key role in strengthening links with China when they visit the country later this month. On Saturday, 22 November the headteachers will begin their journey to Chancheng, in Foshan, which has just been granted sister city status with Medway. An education adviser from Medway Council and the lead languages consultant will also accompany the group to support the headteachers. During their eight-day visit the headteachers will begin the formal process of twinning their school with schools in the Foshan region and develop links for joint curriculum projects and gain ideas for promoting the teaching of Chinese back in Medway. They will spend two days in Beijing and five days in Chancheng. The schools taking part are: Cuxton Community Junior School in Bush Road, Cuxton. All Saints Primary School, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham. Rainham School for Girls, Derwent Way, Rainham. Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School, Maidstone Road, Rochester. Chatham Grammar School for Boys, Maidstone Road, Chatham. Robert Napier Secondary School, Third Avenue, Gillingham. Bradfields, Churchill Avenue, Chatham. Barnsole Infants School, Sturdee Avenue, Gillingham. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Les Wicks said: “This is a great chance for young people, their schools and staff to make great friends with their opposite number in Chancheng. “I see this visit as a really positive way forward to develop relations with China and the rest of the world.” Medway Council’s Director of Children and Adult Services Rose Collinson said: “This is an exciting opportunity for headteachers in Medway to have the chance to share expertise and experiences with school leaders in China and forge strong and sustainable links between schools to promote and encourage global citizenship.” The trip is being jointly funded by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).