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July 2019 - School Integration Days

Yo-Yo School Exchange were delighted to be able to work with three British primary schools this summer as part of our School Visit Programme.

The British and Chinese children, having met via pen pal letters prior to the day of the visit, were thrilled to meet their international friends in person last week.

The local students acted as enthusiastic young ambassadors for their schools, as well as of course, their country!

Fryent Primary School, Tyndale Community School and St Matthew's Church of England Primary School all hosted the Chinese group for one day each, and were able to offer something entirely unique to their visitors.

The Chinese group consisted of three separate primary schools from the city of Wuhan, who had made the long journey to the UK to take part in a Yo-Yo School Exchange Summer camp based in Oxford, London, and Ipswich.

Each primary school invited the the visiting students to introduce themselves to the whole school during morning assembly. The group were encouraged to sing, dance and give a short presentation about where they came from to their British hosts, who were very impressed indeed!

With the group consisting of over 40 kids, we used a buddy system where pen pal partners were able to spend the day together, with the Chinese student taking part in a full day of normal lessons, which of course were completely different to what they were used to back home!

A single day always feels like such a short time, and the children were sad to be saying goodbye to their pen pal friends, but we're sure the'll keep sending letters to each other until they meet again.

Thank you to Fryent, Tyndale and St Matthew's for your wonderful hospitality.

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