Mrs Hughes' China Visit - October 2014

Before half term, Mrs Hughes travelled to Taicang, a city in the Jiangsu Province of China, approximately 1.5 hours north of Shanghai.   She travelled with a number of representatives from other Wirral schools and visited Cathcart Street’s partner school, Taicang Experimental Primary School.

Taicang Experimental Primary is a school with over 1700 pupils between the ages of 7 and 13.  Mrs Hughes got to spend time with the staff and pupils and took part in some of their lessons including art, music and science.  She attended an outdoor morning assembly during which she had to address staff, parents, pupils and her fellow delegates – a daunting task!

Mrs Hughes was invited to a number of formal dinners and was presented with some generous gifts that she brought back and intends to display at Cathcart Street.  Mrs Hughes returned with lots of stories about her time in China, many of which she has shared with the pupils and staff at Cathcart Street Primary.

Mrs Hughes said about her trip:

"It was a privilege to experience education in China first hand.  The hospitality and generosity was outstanding in all the schools that we visited.   Not only did I establish links with Cathcart Street’s partner school, but the way the trip was organised enabled me to forge relationships with other Wirral schools.  The time we spent in Shanghai as a whole group enabled us to become fully immersed into Chinese culture.  The sharing of food throughout the trip allowed meaningful relationships to develop.

Every day was amazing and I have so many wonderful stories to share with the staff and pupils at Cathcart Street.  For me, the best part of the trip was spending time with the children at the schools in China.  I know that this is just the beginning of what I hope will be many lasting relationships.

My thanks go to Tom, Les and Tansy of Business Chinese Solutions for their undivided attention and commitment to making the trip a huge success.   Thanks also to the Taicang Education Bureau and to my colleagues at the other Wirral schools. 

Lastly, I would like to thank the Headteacher, Qian Lan, and the staff and pupils of Taicang Experimental Primary School for their warm welcome and hospitality during the visit.”

Please scroll down for a  selection  of photographs from Mrs Hughes' trip.