This year marked a significant occasion for Preston North East with the first visit of students from our school to Vietnam. In mid-November, we sent 12 of our students and four staff to visit Doan Thi Diem Primary School in Hanoi.
These students enjoyed first-class hospitality as they joined in with their Vietnamese peers for school for three days. From music concerts, games afternoons and English lessons our students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to develop their learning in a new cross-cultural environment.
Our teachers exchanged ideas and stories with the local staff and talked endlessly about the similarities of children whatever their culture or nationality.
The students enjoyed several cultural experiences while in Vietnam, ranging from making traditional Vietnamese hats, going on a boat cruise around Halong Bay and printing some Vietnamese artwork. The students thoroughly enjoyed their chance to learn about another culture and education in an increasingly globalised world.
Of most interest was trying some Vietnamese food. A wide range of seafood including clams, squid and snails to beautifully fried chicken and battered corn pieces was tasted and enjoyed by all the students.
The students and staff were wonderful representatives of our school and country and should be extremely proud of what they achieved. Next year we will receive some Vietnamese students back at our school as hosts. The plan is to send more students from Preston North East to Vietnam in 2019 – something to look forward to!