Chinese Sister School
Published: 16 Jun 2011
We have formed a sister school relationship with Yuyao School, the first Independent School in Yuyao City, Zhejiang Province, one of the richest provinces in China. The school was founded in 1990 and is for Yr 1 to Yr 9 students and now has over 3,000 students. For the last 8 years it has been the top school for high school entry examination results.
Yuyao School approached us, requesting that we form this relationship. They are keen to send some Yr 8 - 9 students to visit us for 3 days each year to help those students determine where they would like to go for Senior School and also for them to learn about Australia. We will be the only school in Australia that they will visit. They have invited us to take students to visit them as well.
We have accepted the invitation as it is essential for our students to develop a global perspective, and particularly to have an understanding of China and its culture. It is the fastest growing economy in the world and provides many opportunities for business, trade and tourism.
The first visit by Yuyao will be in August when two groups of 45 students will visit NZ, Sydney and Adelaide. Our first group will visit us from 9 - 11 August and the second group on 15-17 August. While they are here they will stay at Nunyara with their teachers and we will arrange a program for them during the day. Each Chinese student will have a Year 8 or Year 9 buddy. We hope that this will be an enlightening experience for our students and also give our Chinese visitors a taste of St John's and Adelaide.
Jo Zhang and I are exploring a time to visit Yuyao School as part of planning for a visit by St John's students. I will keep you posted on progress.