In November, 2019 we sent 15 of our students and five staff to visit Doan Thi Diem Primary School in Hanoi. This was the second time we had visited our sister-school with our first group going over in 2017.
These students enjoyed first-class hospitality as they joined in with their Vietnamese peers for school for five 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. We also enjoyed participating in Vietnam Teachers’ Day celebrations.
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 visiting a Vietnamese historical village, going on a boat cruise around Halong Bay, making clay pots at the Bat Trang Ceramic Village, participating in a series of challenges at the Pandora Creative Land and experiencing the old quarter in Hanoi. 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. Our students really enjoyed trying a variety of new foods while they were away.
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 2021 – something to look forward to!